A time capsule filled with messages for the future and other items was buried in a ceremony on Friday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. The capsule was buried at the northeast corner of the new building located at 601 N. 4th Street. Many YMCA Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and employees gathered to listen to YMCA leadership talk about the impact the YMCA has on the Springfield community as they discussed the past, present and future of the YMCA.
Future generations will also be able to read a letter from Angie Sowle, CEO of the YMCA of Springfield, that will be placed in the time capsule. Additional contents will include pictures, brochures, and lists of 2020 top movies and songs. This is one of many events the YMCA has planned to celebrate their new facility. The burial of the time capsule comes just a few months before the facility opens which is planned for December of this year. Tours of the new building were given right after the ceremony.
The new YMCA facility located at the corner of 4th & Carpenter Streets will bring better health and a greater sense of community to the city of Springfield. This community resource and gathering place will have an aquatic center with an eight-lane pool and a recreational pool which will allow for swim instruction, lap swimming, water exercise, special needs aquatics and family fun. It will also include a state-of-the-art fitness and weight area, racquetball courts, indoor track and a full-court gymnasium. The high-tech gymnastics center will provide gymnastics for both recreational and competitive groups. The facility will also house youth enrichment areas to assure every child has access to safe spaces and positive adult role models.