TROY — Youth of southern Miami County can look forward to even more indoor athletic opportunities when the Miami County YMCA’s Robinson Branch adds a field house addition, thanks to yet another donation from Troy residents Thom and Pat Robinson.
According to Jim McMaken, general executive, a capital gift of $2 million has been donated through the Thom and Pat Robinson Fund, which is designated through the Troy Foundation.
McMaken said he and the board members have had a hard time containing their excitement since the announcement.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am and the board is. When Thom told us, we all kind looked at each other like, ‘Is this really happening?’”
McMaken said the Robinsons have already been significant contributors to the Troy facility — which opened Feb 1, 2000 — so much so that the branch was was named in their honor.
“They also have been supporting it ever since,” he said.
McMaken said the field house will be constructed on the north side of the property located at 3060 S. County Road 25-A and will be attached to the current basketball gymnasium.
McMaken, who said they have met with an architect to begin the process, said the hope is for several sports surfaces inside the field house, including a basketball/volleyball type court and artificial-type course for indoor soccer. The field house is expected to be about 15,000 square feet, he said.
While the branch doesn’t need any more locker rooms, the field house also will offer a set of restrooms, he said.
A two- to three-lane indoor track will make up the perimeter of the field house, McMaken said. This will allow for members to walk and run, and could even be rented for indoor track practice space, he said. He said he believes many rental opportunities will become available with the expansion, however the focus will be on member use.
McMaken said the YMCA, which also has its original branch located at 223 W. High St., Piqua, has been well-received. He said the Robinson Branch recorded 250,000 member visits in 2016.
“We have been very, very fortunate to be as well received in southern Miami County as we have been in the last 17 years,” he said.
However, McMaken said, the facility needs expansion.
“When the swimming pool is programmed and the basketball gym is programmed, there is not a lot of room at the facility,” he said. “There’s not a lot of alternative spaces for the youth to use and this will provide that alternative space.”
McMaken said they are still about two months from finalizing plans on the field house, and hope to break ground yet in 2017. He said he is estimating a summer 2018 opening of the field house.
“Thom and Pat’s entire intent is to expand this facility for increased opportunities for youth programming,” McMaken said. “This is an opportunity for us to be able to serve residents in southern Miami County well into the future.”
Reach Melody Vallieu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 552-2131