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YMCA PLANS TO BUILD FACILITY ON LINDERO CANYON ROAD.



WESTLAKE VILLAGE - Triunfo YMCA YMCA
 in full Young Men's Christian Association

Nonsectarian, nonpolitical Christian lay movement that aims to develop high standards of Christian character among its members.
, which for the past 11 years has operated programs such as Trailblazers out of rented modular buildings Modular buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings that are manufactured in a plant, and delivered to the customer in one or more complete modular sections. Modular buildings are considerably different from mobile homes. , wants to build a home on Lindero Canyon Road.

The City Council is expected to consider on Sept. 26 the YMCA's proposal for a 31,000-square-foot, two-story building on 7.3 acres.

``I think it's great,'' said Westlake Village resident Larry Persons, whose 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter participate in the Y's programs. ``I think we need the building. It gives us a place, a home base for all the activities of the YMCA. It'll be nice to have a gym and an indoor pool.''

The Agoura Hills organization has 4,000 members and offers a variety of programs including camping, sports, child care and before- and after-school activities for 500 kids on four school campuses in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Village area.

``The Triunfo YMCA is a storefront operation where we do all our work out in the community on leased or donated space,'' said YMCA executive director Tyler Wright Tyler Wright (born April 6, 1973 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in 613 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Anaheim Mighty Ducks. , whose office is in an Agoura Hills shopping center shopping center, a concentration of retail, service, and entertainment enterprises designed to serve the surrounding region. The modern shopping center differs from its antecedents—bazaars and marketplaces—in that the shops are usually amalgamated into .

Some family programs also are offered at some of the members' homes and at city parks.

Wright said the proposed building, in the planning stages since 1997, was estimated to cost $5 million and would serve the communities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Oak Park.

The community facility would house an indoor pool, a gymnasium, a small hydrotherapy hydrotherapy, use of water in the treatment of illness or injury. Although the medicinal and hygienic value of water was recognized by the early Greeks, hydrotherapy attained its widest use in the 18th and 19th cent.  pool, men's and women's locker rooms, a community room and a fitness center.

``It's a typical YMCA facility,'' Tyler said.

Recently the City Council directed staff to prepare a resolution certifying the final environmental impact report for the project and to prepare the general plan and zone changes and permit for consideration on Sept. 26.

Wright said once the YMCA gets the final nod from the city it will embark on a 12- to 18-month fund-raising campaign Noun 1. fund-raising campaign - a campaign to raise money for some cause
fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort

crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported
 from private donors and corporations to build the facility. The Triunfo YMCA has an annual budget of about $2 million consisting of donations and membership fees.

``If all went well and all things were considered, we anticipate with crossed fingers that our new YMCA facility would open its doors by 2004,'' Wright said. ``It sounds like a long way, but truly it's not.''

Noting that nearby communities of Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. , Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969.  and Reseda have their own YMCA facilities, he said, ``We feel, our community feels, we need a facility as well.''
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