“While the new YMCA will have many programs to serve the middle school students, it will also have programming and services for everyone — from infants and toddlers to seniors and all ages in between,” David Jezek, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, said in an earlier news release. “Having decades of experience with the Y, I understand how having access to Y services can impact a community. And I understand how fortunate we are to have an opportunity to embark on this journey with our longtime trusted partner Pinellas County Schools.”
The joint campus will include a nearly 112,000-square-foot, two-story building. The middle school will include 15 classrooms, an art room, a TV lab, a music room and four Exceptional Student Education rooms. The facility will have a focus on health and wellness, offering classes in fitness and swimming as well as nutrition, cooking, and gardening to both students and the community.
Meanwhile, the YMCA will feature a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, three group exercise studios, a cycling studio, a wellness terrace, and a Kid Zone childcare center for Y members. There will also be a lap pool, splash pad and playground.
Both Mangrove Bay and the YMCA will share a media center, dining hall, gymnasium, family science lab, pool, sports field and garden.
Students will attend school during the day and have access to the Y’s before and after school childcare programs.