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Linwood YMCA reopens after spending $10.5-million on upgrades

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A newly renovated community center is reopening Monday with one main goal, helping local families become healthier.

The Linwood YMCA raised more than $10-million to renovate the old building, which was more than 40 years old.

This new YMCA has a pool enclosed in glass, so kids can swim all year round and not just in the summer months. It also has a retractable roof.

They refurbished the gymnasium, expanded the weight room, and added a community room with a test kitchen, where instructors can teach families how to eat better.

After years of feeling ignored, this Kansas City community is excited the YMCA followed through on its promise to upgrade the building, and those who've seen it are impressed.

"I mean they are looking up and around and they are like, this is ours, and so that means something," Stephenie Smith with the YMCA said.  "More than just the facility, but just the understanding that great things are happening in your community for you."

In the future, they plan to build a medical clinic next door as well as expand the parking lot.