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YMCA breaks ground on pavilion

Bethlehem branch’s camps, members will make use of capital improvement

A rendering of the pavilion to be built this spring at the Bethlehem YMCA on Delaware Avenue.

A rendering of the pavilion to be built this spring at the Bethlehem YMCA on Delaware Avenue.

— The pavilion will be located behind the YMCA building at the far end of the parking lot. Martin said the location was chosen to be midway between the trails used by campers and the main building.

“We thought that was the ideal location,” he said. “We’re going for that Adirondack feel. If you were back there and didn’t know you were right off Delaware Avenue you would feel like you were in the Adirondacks.”

David Brown, the president and CEO of The Capital District YMCA, said he was proud of the Bethlehem branch for how it’s grown over the years. Brown said the pavilion project would not have been possible without the support of state Sen. Neil Breslin.

“The Y has been an important part of my life growing up, and now with the Y in Bethlehem,” said Breslin. “I remember those early projections that we were going to have somewhere around 900 members, well forget about that. This is such an integral part of out community and this pavilion will have such an impact on the kids of our surrounding communities, I’m just happy to have played a small part.”

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson said the project is important in creaing unity in the area.

“We just feel these projects will allow us to provide the level of service we think is expected of us in Bethlehem and the greater community,” said Martin.

To donate visit www.ymcabethlehem.org.

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