Fremont Family YMCA expands with Olympic-sized pool

FREMONT, Neb. - It will be known as "the world's largest YMCA." The state-of-the-art facility is already coming together in Fremont.

The new development will bring an Olympic-sized swimming pool to town.

Twelve lap lanes, a diving well and stadium sized seating for 400 people - the new aquatic center is bringing Olympic-sized numbers to Fremont. 

"We'll be able to bring in swim meets anywhere from 500 to 1,500 swimmers in here and the economic impact on the community is going to be outstanding, well worth it," said Jerry Rinne, President and CEO of Fremont Family YMCA.

Planning for nearly 11,000 members and more than 3,000 swimmers - the expansion's square footage will edge the Fremont Family YMCA into record breaking territory as the largest YMCA in the world under one roof. 

"Our goal is we can teach swim lessons and have five different swim teams that'll be using the facility and we'll be able to do swim lessons in the deep-end and have water aerobics. We'll have over 350 people using the YMCA pool at one time," said Rinne.  

"It'll be the most modern pool in the Midwest as far as I know, and that's got me really excited," said Dylan Bobbett, a competitive high school swimmer.  

The Grand Opening comes with a lofty goal:

"Part of our program that we're going to do is we're going to teach every first grade kid how to swim in the Fremont school system," said Rinne. 

The venture will be possible with funds from RTG Medical.

The YMCA also plans to put their current aquatic center to good use.

"The lap pool we'll convert into more wellness centers, we'll go from 10,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet," said Rinne. "The old swimming pool, we'll fill that in and put in field turf and make it a multi-purpose space, where we can do indoor soccer and we can do baseball we can do football and do fitness classes," said Rinne. 

It's all part of a plan to make a splash for the city of Fremont.

"A lot of people are progressive thinking now about how we can attract new families into it and quality of life is one big thing. And I think Fremont has a lot of good things happening," said Rinne.

Construction is expected to wrap up in January 2018.

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