The Winston Family YMCA which is expected to be completed in 2016 will feature a riverfront view as well as an indoor track group exercise studios an aquatics center wellness spaces and more Rendering courtesy of First Coast YMCA

The Winston Family YMCA, which is expected to be completed in 2016, will feature a riverfront view as well as an indoor track, group exercise studios, an aquatics center, wellness spaces and more. (Rendering courtesy of First Coast YMCA.)

First Coast YMCA Begins Construction of New Building in Florida

The First Coast YMCA in Jacksonville, Florida, will begin construction on a new Y building that is expected to open next year. 

After a three-year delay due to funding issues, development of a new YMCA in Jacksonville, Florida, was given the green light. Construction began May 19 on the $22 million Winston Family YMCA.

So far, the First Coast YMCA has raised $18 million for the project and plans to raise the remaining $4 million through the YMCA Healthy Futures and Capital Campaign, according to First Coast News. The construction process is expected to take about 15 months, Ryder Leary, operations director of the First Coast YMCA, told the TV station.

The new Winston Family YMCA is named after James A. Winston, a long-time Y supporter and Jacksonville business leader. It will replace the 60-year-old Yates Family YMCA. The new 72,000-square-foot building will be constructed in front of the old building, which will remain open during construction.

The Winston Family YMCA will feature an indoor track, aquatics center, group exercise studios, wellness spaces, locker and shower facilities, meeting rooms, a cafe and healthy living spaces. In the future, it will feature a splash park. 

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