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Above: New fitness equipment is shown as it's being unpacked at the Wilmerding Community Center, located on Ice Plant Hill. (Submitted photo)
Organizers of the new Wilmerding Community Center will hold an open house this Saturday (Aug. 24) to show off the facility --- and hopefully sign up some members.
Located at the former Wilmerding YMCA, which closed in 2018, the facility has been refurbished and features new fitness equipment, a warm-water swimming pool and other amenities, says Gary Nowading, one of the board members of the new non-profit that has taken over the facility.
The open house begins at 10 a.m. with a VIP reception for local elected officials, donors and other invited guests. From 12 noon to 6 p.m., the facility will be open to everyone for tours, Nowading says.
The new Wilmerding Community Center will have memberships for youth, adults and families and also will participate in the Silver Sneakers program for older adults.
The facility is located on what's called "Ice Plant Hill," along Westinghouse Avenue, just south of Wilmerding's town square, and can also be reached from Route 30.
Under YMCA operation, the Wilmerding facility drew members from across the Mon Valley, including Plum, Penn Hills, McKeesport, North Versailles and other communities. Nowading says the new Wilmerding Community Center also will be open to anyone, regardless of where they live.
A grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 3, says Kelly Maxwell, a Wilmerding borough councilmember and another member of the board of the Wilmerding Community Center.
Originally published August 20, 2019.