The YMCA of the Triangle brings programs that build healthy spirits, minds, and bodies to approximately 2 million people in North Carolina. To better serve communities in Apex, Holy Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and eastern Cary, the Y acquired a 34-acre parcel of land and the services of WithersRavenel to build a full-service recreational facility. WithersRavenel prepared a site plan, grading, utilities, stormwater quality impoundment, and public roadway widening for a 65,000+ SF facility.
The outdoor park portion of the facility began as open fields for after school care. A 10,000 SF covered, open-air gymnasium, added in 2004, provides youth basketball courts and restroom facilities adjacent to two full-size soccer fields and a smaller practice area. In 2007 a one-acre outdoor aquatic center/pool complex was constructed; it features a lap pool, a zero-entry play pool, a 165-foot-long water slide, and a bathhouse, with room for two additional pools to be constructed in the future in keeping with the site master plan. To accompany a pond constructed on the grounds, the Y plans to eventually add hiking trails, more playing fields, and day camp shelters—far exceeding the outdoor recreational facilities typically found at a YMCA.
The 59,000 SF main building, which opened in 2008, houses an indoor pool, two gymnasiums, two group exercise studios, multipurpose rooms for afterschool programming, a wellness center, a kids’ adventure center, locker rooms, staff office areas, and an indoor walking/jogging track that encircles both the upper level of the gymnasium and the wellness center.
Winner of the prized Facilities of Merit Award from Athletic Business Magazine, the Kraft Family YMCA helps the YMCA of the Triangle to meet the needs of more families during all four seasons—but particularly during the busy summer months—and offers something to motivate everyone toward a more active lifestyle.