The long wait is nearly over for Sumner residents who have spent years anticipating a new YMCA.
A year after announcing its location for the recreation center, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is inviting the community to a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to mark the beginning of construction.
The milestone brings the project a step closer to its fall 2015 grand-opening goal after more than five years of planning.
"We’ll be selling charter memberships that day and have a great lineup of speakers," said Renee Quinn, spokeswoman for the nonprofit, in an email to The News Tribune.
Republican state Sen. Pam Roach is among the speakers, and a light lunch will be available to guests.
Monday's program begins at noon at 16121 64th St. E. in Sumner. A community open house will run from 1-5 p.m. and will include tours of the YMCA site and office.
The Sumner Y will be the sixth one to open in Pierce County. Bob Ecklund, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit's two-county affiliate, has said the Sumner facility will likely be similar in size to Puyallup's, which has a membership of about 21,000 people.
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