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Old Y Closing, New Y Will Open Soon

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After more than 50 years, the YMCA in downtown Davenport is going to move. Friday night, the Y at Second and Gaines at the foot of the Centennial Bridge will close, and in a week its replacement will open at 4th Street and River Drive.  

Brad Martell, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley, says the Y bought the new site in 2012.

"At that time I think in 2012 the Y was going to be built down on the street. And we got a drone and we took it up three stories and we really liked the sight lines so we decided let's build the Y up on the bluff."

He says the old facility opened in 1964 with 98,000 square feet, but only half of it was really usable. The new one has 75,000 square feet.

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the new Y at 4th and River Drive

"All of it is very usable space highlighted by a three-story atrium in the middle of the building and a 5,000 square foot group exercise studio that overlooks the Mississippi River."

New features in the new Y include a five-lane lap pool and a one-eighth mile running track.
The 1964 facility officially closes Friday night at 8, and the new one opens in a week, on Monday December 21st.