New YMCA brings Gothenburg saltwater pool and fresh equipment

Gothenburg YMCA (KHGI)

For those who do not mind the construction dust, the new Gothenburg YMCA is officially open. Organizers say it wouldn't have been possible without help from the community.

The new group class classroom with padded faux wood floors is one amenity that would have not been possible without partnerships with the city school and local hospital, Gothenburg health.

"It really allows for those people that are going through the physical therapy process to feel like they're part of everything that's going on because you see all the other people in here working to be healthy," said Travis Coe, YMCA board member and high school teacher.

Now, physical therapy patients, the school swim team and gym members, all get access to a unique opportunity.

"It has the first salt water filtration system of its kind in Nebraska," said branch director, Julie Czochara. "So you're not going to smell any chlorine, you're not going to have that chlorine feel on your skin. The pool is like your tears, the same salt content as your tears."

According to 83–year–old Ed Claflin, the new cardio equipment is also appreciated.

"Oh I think it's really nice!" said Claflin. "The old ones they had was getting pretty well worn out, and so this is really new and it's working good. So, I think it's real nice asset to the community."

To the see the new Gothenburg YMCA, simply stop on by during normal business hours.

Otherwise, the public is encouraged to attend their ribbon cutting next Friday, April 27 at 3 p.m.

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