The New Tampa Family YMCA will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Aug. 18. The grand opening of the 40,000-square-foot, $6 million complex at 16221 Compton Drive in Tampa Palms on Aug. 18, 2001, drew hundreds to see its state-of-the-art computerized exercise equipment, an Olympic-size swimming pool and an indoor climbing wall. It was a highly anticipated venue for sports-conscious residents in the New Tampa area. The center remains a star attraction in the community, offering programs ranging from adult swimming classes to youth volleyball.
-- Kenneth Knight