CIBOLO — Cibolo residents are finally going to have a space for recreational activities and community events to call their own next year.
The city of Cibolo and YMCA of Greater San Antonio officials recently broke ground on the new Cibolo/YMCA Community Center, located on FM 78, just to the east of City Hall with the official turn of the dirt.
The start of the new center comes months after the city and YMCA opened up the Cibolo Youth Sports Complex on the corner of South Main Street and Schaefer Road last fall.
The 25,300-square-foot center is expected to include meeting spaces, a fitness center, a child daycare, two basketball courts, a caterer’s kitchen, showers, locker rooms, a space for an electronic library, child’s splash pad and a parking lot to fit more than 160 cars.
“Cibolo has lacked a recreational facility for many years. As our population grows the need for these facilities grows along with it,” Cibolo spokeswoman Christine Pollok said. “With the addition of the Cibolo Family YMCA to our Cibolo Youth Sports Complex, we will now offer opportunities for all residents to participate in healthy sports and exercise activities. We will now have meeting spaces, both large and small, available to the public. Offering this ‘quality of life’ facility is an important step in the continued rapid growth of Cibolo.”
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by April 2019 and cost $5.26 million, which is being funded by bonds voted on by city residents in 2008, plus a $1 million contribution from YMCA of Greater San Antonio.
The facility is designed to grow up to 60,000-square-foot in the years to come, YMCA of Greater San Antonio director of communications and community engagement Stephanie Chavira said.
“The YMCA is excited to be in the growth pattern of the City of Cibolo and we are grateful for their confidence in the YMCA of Greater San Antonio to provide wellness opportunities for your community’s youth, seniors, families, and military personnel,” Chavira said. “Through the Cibolo Family YMCA, parents will have a safe place for their children to play and grow, adults and families will have a place to lead healthier lifestyles and seniors will have a place to stay active and connected with their friends.”
Pollock said their partnership with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio has been great.
“Their willingness to support this growth financially has been critical to our ability to construct these facilities and their expertise in running them saves the City a great deal of money,” she said.
Prior to the center, there was not a facility for residents to partake in recreation activities or community events, Pollock said.
“The new Cibolo Family YMCA has been a need for Cibolo for years. Our residents have been traveling to Schertz and other surrounding areas to access this type of facility,” she said. “The city of Cibolo has a diverse group of residents that all need one thing, a community center. This project allows all residents young and old to participate in the community events. It will offer a recreation center for our residents, both young and older. As our city continues to grow, especially to the south towards the IH 10 area, this community center will be centrally located and readily available to everyone.”