WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu May 8, 2014
Land Selected for Site of Hardin County's First YMCA
Hardin County is one step closer to having its first ever YMCA facility.
A steering committee announced Thursday afternoon the selection of a 14 acre site in Elizabethtown where the YMCA will be built. Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston is chair of the committee, and says the project could have a positive impact on the community’s health.
“One of the alarming factors that I have seen is that when our student-athletes have physicals, the hospital has shared with us that they’re seeing an increase—even in our student-athletes—of cases of high blood pressure, weight problems, and some who are even on some kind of blood pressure medication,” Johnston told WKU Public Radio.
The Hardin County YMCA will be a branch of the Greater Louisville chapter of the organization.
The privately-owned land selected for the project is on Veteran’s Way in Elizabethtown behind the Best Buy store. Johnston says the property owner has agreed to make a sizeable donation to the effort, meaning the land will be bought below market level.
Those backing the Hardin County YMCA campaign hope to raise at least $1 million to purchase the land.
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