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Minimal disruption for all during Kelowna Family YMCA renovations

November 27, 2013 - 3:44 PM

During a 10 month renovation to the Kelowna Family YMCA aquatic change rooms starting January 6th, 2014, disruption to members and the public will be minimal.

“Serving families is a priority and the YMCA is investing in creating temporary change cubicles for families and special needs during this time” says Karlene Sewell, GM Kelowna Family YMCA. “The information that was recently released indicating parents will have to use either the women’s or the men’s change rooms if they want to change with their children is incorrect. Patrons to our facility will be accommodated at all times, which includes separate men’s, women’s and family change spaces. The Kelowna Family Y management staff is working closely with the contractor to ensure safety and convenience for patrons throughout the project.  Additional staff/volunteers are being hired to be “hosts” during peak times to help guide traffic and ensure patrons are directed to the correct change spaces.  Additional lockers will also be available on the pool deck.”

In regards to program offerings during the renovations, the Y is aiming for uninterrupted service to all community members throughout this process. Patrons can rest assured that while there may be some minor inconveniences due to the construction, their high quality experience participating in the Y’s programs such as aquafit, swimming lessons and public swims will not be affected.

The only amenity the Y will be unable to maintain is the steam room which is being demolished as part of the structural slab repair. Steam rooms are available at H2O and Parkinson, therefore the Y is re-building this space as a sauna as the existing sauna is being demolished to create the much-needed additional family change space. The Y is currently investigating the feasibility of installing a new steam room elsewhere on the pool deck as it is a feature that many people enjoy.  

“The YMCA Board is proud to continue to invest in the Kelowna Family Y to ensure this it meets the needs of our growing community, especially by children and families,” says Ron Stewardson, YMCA of Okanagan Board Chair.

Regular updates regarding the renovations will be available on

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