See inside the YMCA’s new $17M Packing District facility

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The YMCA of Central Florida on March 22 cut the ribbon on its newest facility in the Packing District, a $700 million redevelopment west of downtown Orlando.

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The $17 million-plus, two-story, 35,000-square-foot Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA at 2178 Packing District Way was funded by a Dr. Phillips Charities donation of $9.7 million and some land, as well as funding from other philanthropists such as the Williams Family Foundation, Wayne Densch Charities and MacKenzie Scott.

Sonya “Coach” Crider, executive director of the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA , said the location opened up to its first 200 charter members earlier in the month and wants to partner with other groups, as well. “We’re having that ability to work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Lift Orlando ... we’re talking to Orlando Parks & Recreation. We’re trying to partner with everyone, because we’re all serving the same kids.”

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