Construction on new outdoor YMCA facility in northeast Spring set to begin in March

The Holcomb Family YMCA will be built on the shores of Lake Holcomb in Spring's Falls at Imperial Oaks development. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)
The Holcomb Family YMCA will be built on the shores of Lake Holcomb in Spring's Falls at Imperial Oaks development. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

The Holcomb Family YMCA will be built on the shores of Lake Holcomb in Spring's Falls at Imperial Oaks development. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

The first phase of construction on a new outdoor YMCA facility in the Falls at Imperial Oaks development in northern Spring is set to begin this month, according to the YMCA of Greater Houston.

The Holcomb Family YMCA will be built on the shores of Lake Holcomb at 5201 Imperial Promenade Drive, Spring, and anchored by a 12,000-square-foot pavilion with turf. Additional amenities planned for the facility's first stage include an outdoor fitness center and multipurpose sports courts and fields.

"We are pleased to be planning for the expansion of services to the greater Spring community with this location," said Chris Butsch, the YMCA's district executive director, in a statement. "The YMCA of Greater Houston was founded over 130 years ago as a place where all people could find hope, fellowship and healing. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive. This Holcomb Family YMCA will be dedicated to this purpose and hopes to bring value to the Falls at Imperial Oaks residents and surrounding communities."

The March construction update for the Holcomb Family YMCA comes nearly five years after the project was first announced. Development was projected to begin in 2018 but was delayed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey before a new expected groundbreaking date was set in 2019.

The new YMCA is being developed on a 10.2-acre tract of land donated by developers David and Dick Weekley and its namesake Jim Holcomb. The trio's families also donated $3 million for the first phase of the facility's construction, the YMCA said.


Community Impact Newspaper previously reported that YMCA officials estimated initial construction costs could total $15 million, and the YMCA said this month that a new capital campaign is now being developed to provide funding for future buildings at the site.

More information on the development and related volunteer opportunities are available through Butsch, who the YMCA said can be reached via phone at 281-360-2500 or over email at christopherb@ymcahouston.org. An interest form for community members seeking more information on the project is also available online.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.


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