364 days after earthquake, YMCA gym opens back up
After undergoing repairs following last year’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, the gym at the main location of the YMCA of Alaska is back open Friday.
YMCA of Alaska CEO Larry Parker says that one wall was off center by 18 inches and the roof was sagging.
“The fact the building didn’t fall down was impressive enough, and now we’re up to today’s code so we’ll be able to handle another one.”
The project cost just over $750,000, according to Parker. The majority of the money came from a loan, but about $50,000 came from donations from around the country.
“There are Y's that have gone through floods, tornadoes, hurricanes — so when there is a natural disaster at Y's, typically we come together and help each other out,” Parker said.
There’s a free basketball clinic Saturday for third through sixth graders called the Earthquake Classic.
The month of December will be open gym time with league games beginning in January.
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