Aquatic center will be welcome addition

During Thursday’s Nashua Planning Board meeting, a civil engineer representing the YMCA said a new aquatics center will include a clubhouse building, an outdoor pool and splash pad and accompanying parking and site improvements.

Tom Zajac of Hayner/Swanson Inc. went before the board seeking site plan approval, and after providing a brief overview of the project, the motion passed.

The new center will be located at 90 Northwest Blvd., where the Nashua Sports Academy is, which houses basketball courts, an indoor turf field, batting cages, locker rooms and bathrooms. The total site area is approximately 8.7 acres.

“The YMCA is seeking to purchase the existing indoor sports facility and then to construct a new outdoor aquatics center,” Zajac said. “Both the indoor and outdoor facilities would be available for use by members of the YMCA of Greater Nashua, along with the Y’s existing facilities, both in Nashua and Merrimack. The facility would fill a current coverage gap in the northwest part of Nashua and surrounding towns.”

The YMCA’s proposal seeks to add a 23,600-square-foot outdoor aquatics center and a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse building.

The aquatics center will be open from around Memorial Day to Labor Day, as New England weather typically allows.

Once complete, this will be a great addition to Greater Nashua, and provide many opportunities for local youth and adults, alike. The YMCA deserves praise for its willingness to take on such a project.