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Greensburg YMCA to close for refurbishing, scrubbing

| Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

George O'Brien, chief executive officer of the Greensburg YMCA, will go to work on Aug. 23 ready for some physical labor as he and the staff begin a 10-day closure to revamp the building.

“I'll have my painting clothes on,” O'Brien said.

As part of $80,000 in improvements, O'Brien, volunteers, directors and others will paint, clean and install new equipment and flooring between Aug. 23 and Sept. 1.

The 100-year-old facility on South Maple Avenue will reopen at 5 a.m. Sept. 2, O'Brien said.

“Obviously, it's not ideal to tell members they can't use the facility for 10 days, but it has to be done,” he said. “And when the membership returns, we think they will be pleased with what we have done.”

During the closure, members will have full access to the Ligonier Valley YMCA, O'Brien said. They also may use the YMCA of Laurel Highlands in East Huntingdon, except during its shutdown from 1 p.m. on Aug. 28 through Sept. 1.

Greensburg YMCA members may use the Greensburg Aerobic Center pool during the renovation work.

Ten days is longer than most YMCAs close to make improvements, but “we want to have ample time to get the job done right,” O'Brien said.

Workers will paint locker rooms, the men's health center, the bleacher and deck areas of the pool, offices, hallways and stairwells.

Extensive cleaning will be done in the pool area, locker rooms, racquetball courts and group exercise studios.

Employees of Advantage Fitness, based in Ithaca, N.Y., will install nearly 17,000 square feet of flooring and replace 10 cardio-fitness and seven free-weight pieces.

Greg Pascale of Hempfield, a Y member for more than a decade, said he understands the need to close.

“Sometimes it's better to close down so you can get work done rather than fighting around people,” he said.

“As long as the renovations are done, I'm fine with it,” added Helen Dyson of Hempfield, who joined the Y recently. “Everybody has to close sometime.”

“I'll miss it,” said John Hawkins of Gibsonia, who works in Greensburg and then works out at the Y. “But I'd like to have some renovations done.”

Dyson and Ryan Zepeda of Greensburg, members since 2010, said they probably will go to one of the other YMCAs during the shutdown. Pascale and Hawkins said they won't.

Members using other YMCAs is a customary practice during facility closures, O'Brien said.

“We do the same thing for them if they have mechanical breakdown or a shutdown,” he said.

The Welcome Center in the first-floor lobby of the Greensburg Y will remain open, under a modified schedule, during the renovations.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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