January 11 marked the official opening of Landing Y, the second location of Bath Area Family YMCA at Brunswick Landing, a significant occasion in the organization’s history.

But in the Midcoast, opening a new YMCA isn’t something new.

The above picture of an architectural drawing is from the Aug. 24, 1967 Coastal Journal (Vol. 2, No. 34), and refers to the dedication of the brand-new YMCA in Boothbay Harbor.

Coastal Journal staff in 1967 didn’t take a photo of the actual building for good reason: It wasn’t actually completed yet. The building was “running behind schedule” due to continued poor weather that set production back by over 30 days.

However, the dedication was going to take place on Aug. 27 one way or another to ensure that “a great number of summer people who had contributed to the building fund may have an opportunity to be present.”

The article boasted about the new facilities that would allow multiple activities to go on in the gymnasium at the same time.

The current Boothbay Region YMCA is considerably more expansive than it was in 1967. The most obvious change is the large field house, constructed in 2000, that contains a full indoor track, tennis courts, and other facilities.

On the other side of the building, a large aquatics center was added in 2011, with a therapeutic pool; 6-lane, 25-yard pool for swim lessons, laps, and open swim; locker rooms; a reception area; and saunas.

To learn more about the Boothbay Region YMCA, visit boothbayregionymca.org.

Special thanks to the Patten Free Library’s Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room for assistance. Early editions of the Coastal Journal are preserved on microfiche and archived at the library. To our knowledge, no print copies exist before July 1969.

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