One pool will be for families, and feature various water toys. The other will be a six-lane lap pool.

"They feel disconnected to us," Landis said of the 120 swim team members. "They swim here for home meets only. They've been off-site for years.'

Plans also include a recreational sports field that will be constructed by the county's department of recreation and parks. The field will be used by both the county and the Y.

"Currently, we are in negotiations to purchase some of the Y's land for putting in a recreational field," said Barry Williams, director of Baltimore County's Department of Recreation and Parks. "We would maintain it and set up an overall schedule for use of the field. We would work out some type of agreement with them (the Y)."


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With limited playing fields in the Towson area, Williams is excited to get the project moving forward.

"We are looking forward to this," Williams said. "We are in desperate need for additional fields. I wish we could fast-forward this and make it happen."

"We've always liked the idea of working with each other," Hoey said, of the partnership.

Funding for the $11.5 million project was raised through various fundraisers, state money, capital from a building sold by the Y and bank debt, Hoey said.

"We are still fundraising," Hoey added. "Every dollar raised, we borrow less."

Throughout the construction of the new building, the Y's doors will never close while the new building goes up in the footprint of the tennis courts. The center's 17 acres will retain its trails and woodlands.

Ann Rudolph and her son, Matthew, 4, were pleased that the Y will remain open during the construction.

"He was worried he wouldn't have swimming lessons any more," Rudolph said. "The whole place will be very nice."

A member for two years, William Weglein works with weights and uses the treadmill. He, too, is looking forward to the new building.

"It's time to upgrade," he said.