CLEARFIELD – State Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-25, Brockway, presented a grant in the amount of $300,000 to the Clearfield YMCA on Thursday.
The grant, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will be used toward one of the major elements of the YMCA’s redevelopment and expansion plan, refurbishing the current YMCA building.
“Our rural district deserves the same financial benefits as in suburban districts and I am pleased to assist in brining this surplus to your facility,” Scarnati wrote in the grant confirmation letter to the YMCA.
“The Clearfield YMCA is very grateful for the hard work provided to our capital development program by Senator Scarnati and his staff,” said Don Herres, executive director of the YMCA.
According to a press release from the YMCA, in late 2005 the YMCA began a capital campaign to raise funds to build a new six-lane indoor swimming pool, replace the current facade ad renovate the existing building to better suit their expanding programs.
Since 2006 they have raised over $2.3 million in private and government contributions, and according to the release, are well on their way to realizing their ultimate goal of having an updated facility that will continue to serve the Clearfield community.
Alan Walker, YMCA campaign chair stated that his puts the YMCA one step closer to its goal.
“We’re on target,” said Walker.
Heres noted that the total estimated cost of the project is around $4.3 million.