COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The walls are being torn down at the Greater Naples YMCA, so that new ones can be built.
Construction began around 10:00 a.m. WINK News reporter Jennifer Jones was in the escavator with her construction gear on when she assisted in knocking down one of the walls. Kids from the YMCA watched, holding signs that read, "Kids power" and "Kids zone". There were a lot of cheers once the first wall went down, and the crowd chanted, "We want more!" afterwards.
Back in September, a lighting bolt struck part of the building and caused a fire. The fitness center and gym were completely damaged by it.
YMCA President Paul Thein said it's wonderful to see the community rally and help them meet a $1.5 million challenge to make rebuilding possible. Thein said the new building will be built immediately after this demolition is complete. They are building a two-story wellness center, and will even have a turf on the roof for sport training. He said the building should be open to the public by October/November.