Pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bardmoor YMCA Jan. 14 are YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg representatives, from left, Mike Batiato, vice president of operations; board members Bronson Alexander, Harvey Ford and Chris Bell; David Jezek, president/CEO and Katie Waldridge, Director of Business Development of Ed Taylor Construction.
LARGO – More than 150 community members joined the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg Jan. 14 to break ground on a new Bardmoor YMCA.
The $6.6 million project will grant the capacity to serve more than 14,000 local residents annually in the Largo, Seminole and Pinellas Park areas through membership and programs. The development of the project by Ed Taylor Construction will be completed in August 2014.
The new Bardmoor YMCA will be built on a five-acre vacant lot located within the Bardmoor Palms II Business Complex in Largo, between Bryan Dairy Road and Starkey Road. Amenities for the 36,000-square-foot building will include a health and wellness center, group exercise and spin rooms, full gymnasium, locker rooms, outdoor sports field, café, multi-purpose room, Kid’s Zone, and an early learning preschool center.
“While this expansion for the Bardmoor YMCA is exciting in terms of the new amenities and features we’ll be able to offer, what’s even more significant is that it will enable us to better serve the local community through an increased capacity for youth development programming, as well as expanded options for adult health programs,” said David Jezek, President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.
This new development serves as an expansion initiative for the 12,000-square-foot Bardmoor YMCA, currently located in the Baycare Outpatient Center Hospital on Bryan Dairy Road.