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Environment enriched with YMCA Spirit Center dedication

Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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The Darby family are benefactors of the YMCA Spirit Center.
 

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The Darby family are benefactors of the YMCA Spirit Center.

 



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Ribbon cutting during a rain-soaked dedication.
 

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Ribbon cutting during a rain-soaked dedication.

 



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A dedication ceremony of the YMCA Spirit Center provided by Lillian and Ellis Darby took place on Friday, May 20, on the campus of the Caine Halter Family YMCA overlooking the Reedy River.

The Spirit Center increases the Y’s capacity for outreach programs in collaboration with community partners.

The venue is designed to seat 80 to 100 people and features a roomy stage area with a wooden deck and viewing platform overlooking the river. The seating area consists of terraced stone seat walls with grass walkways and landscaped with a rich mix of native plants.  

“This dedication marks a special day for the YMCA. Future generations will benefit from the vision and spirit that Lillian and Ellis Darby provided with the construction of this beautiful amphitheater,” said Jamie Inman, Chief Mission Advancement Officer.

“This project enhances the YMCA’s mission of youth development, building a healthier community and being socially responsible – not only to the people of Greenville – but for our environment,” Inman said.

The YMCA Spirit Center is one of several environmental elements that make up a master plan to protect the Reedy River, educate the next generation of environmental stewards and enhance the community. In addition to the Spirit Center, other elements under construction in coordination with Friends of the Reedy River, and Greenfields Consortium include the Carol Clement Children’s Garden scheduled for a July dedication, several rain gardens, river access areas, science stations, and playgrounds.

These are being constructed on the Caine Halter Family YMCA property and the Reedy River corridor as an investment in an environmental element that adds landscaping enhancements and a community gathering spot that aids in sustainability for the Reedy River that runs adjacent to the YMCA.

Donations for the additional environmental elements to restore and enhance our community are still needed and being accepted, contact Jamie Inman, (864) 242-1111 ext. 21 for more information.

 

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