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Oakwood YMCA moving along, but no pool bubble in the works
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Two Oakwood YMCA buildings front Railroad Street downtown. The Y is 3 years old, the signs are new, and expanded programs are planned. - photo by NAT GURLEY
The Oakwood pool “bubble” may have burst, at least for now, but the Georgia Mountains YMCA is starting its third year at the branch, with plans for more programs. “Everything is going well. Our relationship with the city is strong and getting stronger,” said David Houston Jr., who oversees the Oakwood Family branch at 4101 Railroad St. After long talks with city officials, the Gainesville-based Georgia Mountains YMCA began programming in January 2012 at the Oakwood branch, operating out of two buildings in City Park and — as it had been before the agreement with the city — a swimming pool inside the park.