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Greater Valley YMCA secures land lease for new, ‘top shelf’ facility in Upper Saucon

May 12, 2021 at 2:31 PM





Saucon Creek YMCA

A rendering of the proposed Saucon Creek YMCA, which was approved for a property lease by the Board of Upper Saucon Township on Monday.Courtesy of the Greater Valley YMCA

The push to bring a new YMCA to the southern part of the Lehigh Valley just made a notable leap forward.


The Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a property lease with the Greater Valley YMCA, opening the door to construct a new YMCA facility. According to a news release from the YMCA, the space is a 10-acre plot adjacent to Upper Saucon Township Community Park.


“It is a fantastic location for a YMCA community center,” stated Jen Johnson, chair of the committee of local volunteers, in the release. “We’ve been working for over seven years to bring a Y here. Our group vetted over 18 other properties. We feel that the synergy with the township, how a Y would fit naturally next to the park, and strong interest from major potential collaborators shot this location to the top of our list.”


In 2015, a community feedback survey showed strong interest from the surrounding community in a new area YMCA, but with six years having passed since then, the YMCA staff will connect with local leaders and community members to determine what’s needed today and for future generations.


“The new Y would provide opportunities for people of all abilities to get and stay fit, an indoor pool, fully licensed and accredited care programs, activities for seniors and teens, and more,” said David Fagerstrom, president and CEO of the Greater Valley YMCA, according to the release. “The Y that we are envisioning will be top shelf. The residents of the area will expect nothing less.”


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