The bubble will go up in late October and come down in late April or early May to accommodate the summer swimming season for the 8,500-member facility.
“We not only have our own swim team, we are the home waters for the Lakota East, Lakota West and Monroe high school swim teams … and the sheer needs of the community for swimming lessons,” Schaller said.
He said the Powell Crosley YMCA in suburban Cincinnati also has a bubble over its outdoor pool.
Sarah Matchison, the facility’s membership director, said they have coined this project the “Bubble” because it literally is a bubble (dome) that will go over our outdoor pool and our YMCA Families and the surrounding community will be able to use more than the Memorial Day to Labor Day time frame.
The Lakota Y also is the home of its YMCA/USA Swim Team, Lakota Y Stingrays. This past summer, the team sent swimmers to the YMCA National Long Course Championship Meet in Greensboro, N.C., for the first time in its history.
“By adding the bubble over the outdoor pool we will be able to provide family areas and family time to our community at the bubble,” she said.
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Matchison said the Lakota Family YMCA also works with the local Butler Tech and Lakota high schools for their Cardboard Canoe Regatta in May. Students use their education and engineering skills to build cardboard canoes and race them in the pool. For the past two years, the event has been held in the indoor pool.
“Moving it out to the bubble will allow for more spectators and possibly more than two boats racing at a time,” she said.