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Newton YMCA receives grant to support facility improvements

The Newton YMCA will receive $90,000 to support the renovation of its family locker rooms.

The scope of the project includes the enlargement of three individual locker rooms which will be in compliance for handicap accessibility (ADA) as well as private amenities — shower, toilet, sink, mirror, bench and changing station. All three locker rooms will have easy access to the aquatic center as well as the fitness/gym spaces. Personalized lockers will be adjacent to this locker rooms for storing of personal belongings. All rooms will have a contemporary design with wall and floor tiling, LED lighting and vibrant paint colors.

The state of Iowa awarded $500,000 in grant funding to seven rural Iowa YMCAs to support facility maintenance and renovation projects through the Rural YMCA Facility Improvement Grant Program. The program seeks to strengthen rural Iowa communities by investing in facility infrastructure projects to sustain youth development, healthy living and social responsibility initiatives at YMCAs located in communities with populations of 28,000 or less.

“The funding from the State of Iowa is yet another blessing received by our YMCA”, said CEO Frank Buckley. “These renovated family locker rooms will allow families and those in need of handicap accessibility the opportunity to utilize our facility to its fullest potential. Having all the amenities within a single room hopefully now encourages everyone within the community to take advantage of our programs and services.”

Funding for the program is made possible through an appropriation by the Iowa Legislature from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. The fund was established in Iowa Code in 1994 and is the primary funding source for State of Iowa financed public infrastructure-related expenditures. The Rural Iowa YMCA Facility Improvement Grant Program is administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

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