Anchorage YMCA opens gym a year after earthquake badly damaged the facility

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - One year after the earthquake badly damaged the facility, the gym at the YMCA on Lake Otis Parkway in Anchorage opened Friday.

"Most of the damage was contained to the gym where we had a 70 by 30-foot wall that was moved 18 feet off-center." said Larry Parker, the CEO of YMCA of Alaska.

Parker said that it took extensive engineering and $750,000 to fix the gym.

"The number of kids that came here on a daily basis, that instantly stopped," Parker said.

Parker said that memberships for the center also decreased as a result of the gym closing, which didn't help their financial situation.

He expects it will take about 15 years before they will be able to pay it off.

He said that the YMCA has been quieter since the facility closed its doors. No basketballs bouncing and filling the building with noise.

"Until this morning," Parker said. "And it sounds great."

On Saturday, the YMCA will have a free basketball clinic open to children starting at 9 a.m.

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