Kent's new YMCA opens

Kent's new YMCA opens

Courtesy of YMCA of Greater Seattle

KENT, Wash. — Kent's new YMCA opened to the public Saturday after 10 years of planning.

It is part of the YMCA of Greater Seattle and is the newest facility, located at 10828 SE 248th St.

A grand opening celebration ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free activities for local families.

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"We are so excited to offer a new space where women, men, children, families and other folks can reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit," said Loria Yeadon, CEO and president of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. "We never turn away someone due to their background, culture or financial situation. The Kent YMCA will be our 14th branch and our third facility in South King County."

The new facility will be open seven days a week and offers community gathering spaces, an aquatic center, a gym and much more.

More than 100 workers will be needed to help keep the new facility operating, according to YMCA officials.

There will also be opportunities for people to volunteer in support of the facility.