After the completion and opening of the Dillon Family Aquatics Center early last year, the Fremont Family YMCA has now begun work to transform its old swimming pool areas into new facilities that should be open to members before the end of 2019.

Both the former lap pool and instructional pool have already been filled in with sand and gravel to make way for what will become a new 5,000-square-foot free weight training area, as well as a new approximately 5,000-square-foot multi-purpose area that will be covered in turf.

“It’s going to be turfed. We’re going to put padding on the walls and paint,” YMCA President and CEO Jerry Rinne told the Tribune.

Rinne added that the turf being used on the new multi-purpose area is being procured from the University of Nebraska’s outdoor practice field.

“We are getting the practice field turf from next to their indoor facility,” Rinne said. “It still has the lines on it, so it will look like a mini football field when it is complete.”

The old instructional pool has already been filled to the brim with sand and gravel, and the process to make that happen included some ingenuity by contractors, said Rinne.

“The deep end was 9-feet deep, so there is a lot of sand in there,” he said. “The reason they closed the street (Lincoln) down is they have a conveyor belt and they actually were able to take it through two windows so they didn’t have to wheel barrow all that sand in there.”

Rinne added that the new turfed multi-purpose area will be used for a variety of activities.

“We can do baseball, soccer, football, boot camp fitness classes, and then kids can also come play on it and enjoy it,” he said.

He also encouraged any local sports teams that might be interested in utilizing the facility to contact the YMCA about using the area when it is completed.

Along with the additional of the multi-purpose area, the Y’s former lap pool has also been filled in and will be transformed into a free weight and powerlifting facility which will expand the Hazel R. Keene Wellness Center from approximately 10,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet.

The repurposed space will also make way for an outdoor weightlifting area, which will be located just to the south of the old lap pool along Lincoln Avenue.

“We will have garage doors on Lincoln and we will actually build an outdoor weight room for people to enjoy,” Rinne said.

The garage doors leading outside will replace several large plate-glass windows in the former swimming area, and the new outdoor weight room will be fenced in.

According to Rinne, the project’s general contractor Fauss Construction estimates that most of the interior work on both projects will be completed by March and the entire project is estimated to be completed by this summer.

For more information, or to inquire about future use of either facility, contact the Fremont Family YMCA at 402-721-6952.