On Wednesday I was lucky to attend the grand opening of the Thelma Lovette YMCA, which represents the latest step in the redevelopment of the Hill District.  The brand new 43,000 sq. ft. facility is approximately one mile from the Consol Energy Center.  The Pittsburgh Penguins contributions to the recreational sports and community gathering center are recognized with a plaque in the lobby.  This link will take you to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper article about the event.
The opening was well attended with hundreds of Hill residents, YMCA staff, and local and city officials gathering in the gymnasium.  Plenty of local media was on hand as well.  Following the ribbon cutting ceremony refreshments were served and everyone was given the opportunity to tour the new building.
The namesake of the facility, Thelma Lovette, traveled from her home in Arizona to attend the ceremony.  Ms. Lovette lived in the Hill District for most of her life until very recently.  She has been a strong advocate for the community and influential in serving the needs of those that might not otherwise have a voice.  Ninety-six years young, Thelma received some assistance from her daughter and son-in-law cutting the ribbon.  She is seen below amongst Mayor Ravenstahl, City Councilman Daniel Lavelle and State Senator Jim Ferlo.  County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, State Senator Jake Wheatley and many others were also in attendance.  The Pittsburgh Penguins were represented by Director of Outreach Kim Wood.

I want to thank everyone, especially the YMCA of Pittsburgh. You have been a stalwart in this city and I have watched you and you have encouraged me and I want to continue to encourage you the way you have encouraged me,” – Thelma Lovette

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