New Ballantyne YMCA to open Saturday

The interior of Sara’s Y in Ballantyne Corporate Park.
The interior of Sara’s Y in Ballantyne Corporate Park.

Sara’s Y, a new gym at Ballantyne Corporate Park, is set to open Saturday.

Work started on the gym, which is centrally placed among the office buildings, in June. It’s named for the late wife of Ballantyne developer Smoky Bissell, the developer whose company built and operates the office park.

“We believe people will come to Sara’s YMCA for health and wellness and we hope that they will also find a sense of community and a spirit of giving back,” said Steve Bowers, Y community vice president, in a statement. The Y thanked Smoky and Margaret Bissell for their support of the new gym.

The nearby Ballantyne Village YMCA will close when the new facility opens.

A grand opening celebration for Sara’s Y is set for 10 a.m. The gym opens to the public at noon.

The new facility is 24,000 square feet, and includes a rooftop terrace, an outdoor training area, hot yoga studio, group exercise classes, cafe and conference space.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo