The first shovels broke ground this week on a new YMCA on North Eagle Road in Haverford. The gargantuan facility, which occupies the old Swell Bubble Gum Factory campus, is slated to open in September 2013. It will run 70,000 square feet and feature three swimming pools, wellness center, indoor track, gym (equipped with basketball and volleyball courts), and more, the Daily Times reports. Total price tag: $22.5 million.
The gym will offer free memberships to seventh graders in the community, a nudge to get kids hooked on fitness while they’re young (and, you know, bring their membership-paying parents along with them). Fifth grade representatives from nearby Lynnewood and Sacred Heart School received their membership certificates at the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday.