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Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA Breaks Ground for New Pool, Gymnasium, and Child Care Wing

July 23, 2019 at 3:15 PM


PA State Representative Marcia Hahn helps the Y secure funding to make the expansion become a reality.


[Lehigh Valley, July 23, 2019] – Today, the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA breaks ground for the construction of a heated indoor pool, basketball gymnasium and childcare wing. The Slate Belt additions are made possible because of the support of many generous gifts from local donors, Foundations, and community partners. The expansion’s anticipated completion is 2020.


A key community supporter, Pennsylvania State Representative Marcia Hahn, helped make the expansion become a reality for the community. Hahn helped the Y secure $5,000,000 in crucial funding for the project. The funding became available by the State Legislature through passing House Bill 271, which expands gambling in the state. Through this bill, the Y was able to secure funding from Pennsylvania casinos for the expansion of the Slate Belt Branch.


State Representative Hahn (R-Bushkill Township), shares, “The funding is generated solely by the Casinos Local Share Account, so no taxpayer dollars are directly used in supporting these grants. I sat in on discussions about the pool and gymnasium almost 20 years ago as a member of then-State Rep. Craig Dally’s staff. I also remember him telling me how his father, John, talked about this plan in the late 1970s when he was mayor of Pen Argyl.”


David Fagerstrom, President and CEO of the Greater Valley YMCA shares, “This is an exciting moment for our community. It took patience and years of persistence, but I’m proud to see this project come to fruition. This expansion will enable the YMCA organization to serve the residents of the Slate Belt so much better than we can now. It is exciting to think of how many thousands of people a full-facility YMCA will be able to serve once completed now and well into the future.” The addition of the basketball gymnasium, pool and childcare wing will allow the Y to serve many more individuals through life-saving swim lessons, helping seniors stay active and independent, and preparing children socially and academically for success in kindergarten and their futures.


Other key contributors to the Slate Belt Expansion Project are The John and Margaret Post Foundation, The John Jr. and Michael Rohall Jr. Foundation of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, The Wind Gap Chevrolet Buick Foundation, Merchant's Bank, and Lafayette Ambassador Bank.  As the project moves forward, the YMCA will host a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting to highlight the new pool, gymnasium, and childcare wing. The Y’s Slate Belt Canvassing Committee is currently working to secure the rest of the necessary funding; pledging and naming opportunities are available now.


To learn more about the Slate Belt Expansion Project, stop into the Branch to see the blueprints or give us a call at 610-438-6065.  To donate, contact David Fagerstrom at


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