A much-needed addition is coming soon to the Wilson Family Y on Wheeler Road.
An open-air pavilion with restrooms, storage space and meeting rooms is set to open this spring near the soccer fields at the outdoor sports complex, said Leslie Glass, the Family Y of Augusta’s endowment director.
The sports area will have improved accessibility for people with disabilities and provide highly desired amenities for a facility that’s in near-constant use by youth and family sports teams, she said.
“The pavilion will allow us to finally have shelter, meeting space and restrooms on that part of the outdoor campus,” Glass said.
The sports area has never had permanent restrooms, Glass said. Coaches, teams, summer camps and other groups will now have a designated meeting space in the pavilion.
Some preliminary construction work has begun, and a groundbreaking is planned for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the soccer fields.
Two additional phases of construction are planned to expand the sports complex. The Family Y has raised about one-third of the $1.5 million needed to complete the additions.
The dirt walking track will be replaced with a rubberized track, and sidewalks will connect all areas of the sports campus, making it fully accessible for the disabled, Glass said. Members of wheelchair sports teams and those training for the Paralympics will be able to use the outdoor track after its completion.
The second phase, which will begin once funds are raised, includes drainage improvements to the playing fields and some additional soccer fields. In the final phase, an adaptive playground will be built inside the track.