The YMCA is looking to open a branch in the Lexington area.
A new facility there “is on our radar screen,” local YMCA leader Bryan Madden told town officials Monday.
It would be the fourth recreation center of its type in the Columbia area run by the nonprofit group that promotes family fitness and social responsibility.
YMCA leaders are interested in a partnership with Town Hall, Lexington County and Lexington 1 schools to make the dream happen.
“It’s worth exploring,” Mayor Randy Halfacre said. “It would bring an extra dimension to our area.”
The proposed branch would be in addition to a 165-acre site in Red Bank a few miles south where the YMCA operates mainly for summer camps and selected activities like riding horses.
Madden said the center of the proposed facility will be an aquatics center, which is common since one of the YMCA’s main roles is teaching swimmers.
The new facility also might include a small meeting complex that town leaders say is needed locally. But Madden said his organization is open to suggestions for what features should be included.
Fields for soccer, baseball and tennis probably aren’t needed since several already exist, town leaders said.
YMCA leaders hope to open the facility in a few years.
Once a plan for a new center is settled on, then it’s time to come up with its cost and ways to pay for the project, Madden said.
It’s worth pursuing to see what plan could be developed, town leaders said.
“Let’s see where this may take us,” Halfacre said. “It’s a home run just waiting to be hit.”