3 decisions make YMCA/Keller Park groundbreaking possible
Three key decisions made this week point toward an October groundbreaking of the 42,000-square-foot YMCA of Harrison County building and Keller Park in Corydon, where the Friends of Harrison County Youth will have six baseball fields and YMCA Soccer will have eight fields.
Last week, the YMCA of Harrison County board voted to secure a $1.5 million 501(c)3 tax-exempt economic development revenue bond to supplement its fund-raising.
This past week, the fund-raising total grew $40,000, thanks to a gift from Earl and Mary Jane Book and Carriage Ford. The current total pledged is $3.074 million.
In addition, the Harrison County Council voted Monday to provide the infrastructure necessary for the project: up to $200,000 toward the road and up to $100,000 toward site utilities, including sewer and water.
The same evening, contingent upon YMCA securing the $1.5 million loan, the Harrison County Community Foundation voted to release $500,000 of its $2 million grant immediately to make groundbreaking possible.
“The HCCF Board is very proud to partner with the YMCA and county government and do its part in seeing that this project proceeds as soon as possible,” said Carl Uesseler, president of the HCCF board.
Jerry Reinhardt, president of the board of directors of the YMCA of Harrison County, said, “The board of directors would like to thank the commissioners, council, Harrison County Community Foundation and our donors for taking this leap of faith with us. We in turn promise to plan and build an indoor and outdoor recreational complex that is second to none. And, to do it as quickly as possible.
“As a lifelong resident of Harrison County, I think this is the greatest example I’ve seen of coordination between organizations and people to better the community,” Reinhardt added.
The YMCA project will take 12 to 15 months to construct, according to builder James L. Shireman of Corydon, which means it will open in about December of 2003.
The Friends of Harrison County Youth baseball and softball teams will use some of the fields for practice next summer but will play most of their games at Rice Island until 2004, when Keller Park should be fully operational. The YMCA soccer program will relocate during the Spring 2003 season but plans to play on the new Keller Park fields in the fall of next year.
The 44-acre Keller Park is made possible by a 35-year, one dollar lease with YMCA and Friends of Harrison County Youth to benefit non-profit recreational groups in the county.
The YMCA will be constructed adjacent to Keller Park on 15.8 acres of land donated by Dennis and Kathryn Jenkins.
The building will feature: an Olympic-size pool for lap swimming, swim lessons, scuba lessons, swim team, lifeguard training and family fun; a separate warm-water therapy pool for rehabilitation and exercise; an indoor walking/jogging track; a fitness center with cardiovascular and weight equipment; two multi-purpose rooms; two gymnasiums for basketball and volleyball; three locker rooms: men’s, women’s and special needs/family; and a child watch area.