McHenry County State’s Attorney is holding his annual fundraiser at the Boulder Ridge Country Club tonight from 5-8:30 ($75, $125 per couple, walk-ins welcomed).
Starting at about the same time (5:30) is the “open to the public” preview of construction progress at the massive addition to the Crystal Lake YMCA, now re-named the Sage YMCA in recognition of the huge contribution made by Sage founder Vince Foglia.
There will be a reception for donors prior to opening of the building to members and the public.
The biggest improvement is an eight-lane competition pool with a balcony that will hold three hundred spectators. There will be an elevator.
With a view outside the building of a wooded area, the layout appears quite similar to that of the Elgin Park District’s. “Spectacular” would be a good description. (Elgin’s faces a busy street.)
The original six-lane pool will remain (85 degrees, senior citizen temperature on Tuesday), but will have natural lighting coming in from the north.
The old exercise room has been considerably enlarged.
The treadmills now have TV’s attached from which one can watch the station of one’s choice…even Fox News, if that is one’s preference.
Downstairs the locker rooms have been significantly updated.
Even the halls to them have been improved. Instead of painted concrete, they have a wood-grained flooring.
There is a room full of cycles.
The concrete stairs are still steep, but an elevator is planned.
And upstairs the restrooms and offices near the current entrance between the parking lot and the old pool are going to disappear.
An open space will replace them, along with a new entrance to the exercise room.
But, back to the new addition.
After one comes in the new main entrance, the rest of the donor wall can be seen on the right.
In front of one will be the main desk, a circular affair.
To the left are offices and day care facilities.
A bit beyond is a place Moms and Dads can drop off young children for two hours while they enjoy the facilities.
The area will be supervised, fenced in and has a dedicated bathroom.
Right next door is a place for adults to relax and chat.
Between child care center and the wall that is shared with the new pool is a place for folks to have refreshments.
There is no doubt this is going to be a first-class facility.