Twelve years after opening its doors in El Dorado, the YMCA announced plans to expand its facility.

Twelve years after opening its doors in El Dorado, the YMCA announced plans to expand its facility.

“It was exactly 12 years ago today we opened this facility to serve El Dorado families,” said Jim Korroch, chair of the Greater Wichita YMCA Board of Directors.

Then a couple years ago, the Y launched its vision 2020 program to look to the future. One of the goals was to lead the way for healthy lifestyles and healthy families.

One way they have partnered with the community to do this is through the new turf field at the middle school.

“Today you see before you the new investment to help more families,” Korroch said.

The nearly $4 million project will add 13,150 square feet, increasing the size of the Y by about 40 percent.

“It is amazing how far the Y has come,” said Forrest Rhodes, El Dorado YMCA Advisory Board chair.

He talked about the work to be done, some of which is already underway.

They have already started replacing the flooring in the fitness area, then next month there will be some renovations in the pool area, including new tile, paint and lighting.

“But the real excitement comes in the expansion,” he said.

They will be expanding to the east and it will include two full-sized hardwood courts, two new program studios, expanded or repurposed meeting room into an all-purpose room, expanded kid zone and doubling of the size of the free weights by expanding it into the studio beside it.

Rhodes thanked the Dellett family for their part in it. They owned the buildings to the east of the YMCA.

“We are grateful that they have graciously allowed us to purchase that property to facilitate the expansion,” Rhodes said.

They hope to begin the groundbreaking on the expansion late this year or early next year and plan to have it completed to open it on their 13th anniversary.

“More lives are about to be changed as even more kids and adults get the chance to develop healthy lifestyles in our expanded YMCA,” Rhodes said.