Kiwanis Club

Travis Knight, YMCA Associate Executive Director, tells the Kiwanis Club about the building of a new YMCA.

Harker Heights Kiwanis Club members on Tuesday learned about the construction of a new Armed Services YMCA coming to Heights.

Travis Knight, associate executive director for the YMCA, told the group a ground-breaking for the facility would be held this fall with construction expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.

The building will be off Mountain Lion Road near Purser Park. “In fact, it will be in the park on the border between Heights and Killeen,” Knight said.

The 40,000- to 55,000-square-foot, two-story building will cost $9.3 million. It will be situated in the middle of a residential area and officials hope this will automatically create a significant amount of walk-in traffic. Some of the amenities include a nine-lane indoor swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, basketball courts, work out facilities, an indoor running track and a family center.

Other organizations already expressed an interest in sharing the facility. The new YMCA will employ about 100 people.

“Partnerships could form rapidly,” Knight said. “We already see the potential of a partnership with Seton hospital using the facility for cardiac rehab patients.”

The Killeen Independent School District showed interest is using the pool for the district’s swim teams.

The facility will be available to assist military programs. Equipment also will be on hand to be used by the Wounded Warrior program.

“The priority of the Armed Services YMCA is to serve the needs of junior enlisted soldiers carrying the rank of sergeant and below,” Knight said. “The biggest service to Fort Hood and this area is that before- and after-school child care is provided at 39 off-post elementary schools. Our mission is to provide opportunities that keep children active, safe and healthy plus meet the needs of their parents.”

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