The long-awaited Sumner YMCA, set to open later this summer, received a $2 million grant as part of the state’s capital budget signed by Gov. Jay Inslee this week.
The state Department of Commerce awarded the money to the Gordon Family YMCA as part of the Building Communities Fund grant program. It boosts the total raised for the recreation center to about $16.4 million.
“This generous investment in the Gordon Family YMCA will pay dividends to the community for years to come,” Bob Ecklund, CEO of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, said in a news release. “YMCAs are catalysts that bring communities together.”
Other funds for the $35 million project have come from various donors, such as local residents and the Rotary Club of Sumner. The city of Sumner has allocated $5 million to the Y.
Construction on the Sumner YMCA started last spring.
The 110,000-square-foot facility will offer an aquatics center, wellness areas, multiple gyms, arts and teen centers, youth and teen programs and a community room.
The organization estimates more than 20,000 people from East Pierce County will join the facility, the release states. So far, the Sumner Y, at 16101 64th St. E., has 3,142 charter members, spokeswoman Kaeley Triller Haver said.
“We are looking forward to building community and improving the quality of life for thousands of people in the greater Sumner area,” Ecklund said in the release.