The College Station City Council will hear a presentation about a possible YMCA facility in the city at its regular workshop meeting at 5 p.m. today.
The city’s mayor, Karl Mooney, told The Eagle on Wednesday that the city is “looking at all methods of financing.” He said that if the council takes action toward a local YMCA, the city’s voters will likely be asked to weigh in this year or in 2020.
“For years, citizens have said to us that we lack an indoor social and recreational center,” Mooney said. He said that the city has a location for the YMCA: on the east side of Texas 6 near the primary Baylor Scott & White complex.
Mooney said the council and attendees will hear from representatives from the Williamson County YMCA, which has emerged as the city’s regional YMCA partner. He added that the city or a developer could lead the funding process, or some combination.
He cited Texas cities such as Round Rock, Burnet and Georgetown as locations that have benefitted from the presence of the YMCA, and said that he believes College Station will benefit similarly.
“What the YMCA is telling us is that we will have programs for everyone from the youngest of infants to active older adults,” Mooney said. He added that the facility could assist College Station’s schools in that it would provide them with an Olympic-sized swimming pool.