New state-of-the-art YMCA opens Monday in Greensboro

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Milton Grady work out in the fitness equipment area in the new Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA during a soft launch to test the facility, on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. (JERRY WOLFORD/ News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Just in time for those New Year exercise resolutions, the new state-of-the-art Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA will open Monday in a setting surrounded by a park and gardens at the city’s eastern edge, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

“This is really big for the community,” Executive Director Larry Burnett said. “And it’s not necessarily the bricks and mortar. It’s the type of services that we can deliver to the community.”

The 55,000-square-foot building replaces the original Hayes-Taylor facility at East Market and Dudley streets, built in 1939 on what is now the edge of the N.C. A&T campus.

A&T bought that location for nearly $4 million. The Y used that money and proceeds from a capital campaign to finance the $11.1 million project.

The new building at 2630 E. Florida St. sits on nearly 20 acres leased from the city for $1 a year.

That’s enough to also hold 280 well-lit parking spaces, two soccer fields, and a vegetable garden managed by children in the Y’s after-school and summer programs.

It lies amid Barber Park next door, Greensboro Beautiful’s Gateway Gardens across East Florida Street, and the Joint School of Nano­science and Nano­engineering across East Lee Street.

Before Monday’s opening, Burnett invited groups on Saturday to try out the new facility.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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