On Wednesday, members of the media gathered for a topping off ceremony and hard hat tour of the new Cooper Koo Family YMCA, currently under construction as part of the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village. On hand for the presentation were key stakeholders for the YMCA, as well as donors Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo, who generously donated $2 million toward the project.
At 82,000 square feet, this YMCA is expected to be among the largest in Canada. It will offer a 7,000 sq. ft. gymnasium, a 7,000 sq. ft. swimming pool, and several fitness studios and exercise areas. It will also provide the community with a huge new, accessible green roof, creating an additional 11,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space.
The Cooper Koo Family YMCA is being built as part of a larger project involving George Brown College. A new campus building, also under construction and visible in many photos below, will serve as apartments for athletes and members of the press during the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, after which they'll become student residences.
The YMCA also announced yesterday that this location is one of five YMCA community centres and facilities to be built throughout the GTA over the next decade.
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