Grubb Y breaks ground on aquatic center

Groundbreaking for William A. & Elizabeth Aldridge Aquatic Center

December 15, 2015
by Stephanie Butzer

TRINITY — The Carl & Linda Grubb Family YMCA in Trinity reached a major milestone Tuesday afternoon — the first shovels pierced the dirt in the groundbreaking of the William A. & Elizabeth Aldridge Aquatic Center.

Dozens of community members attended the ceremony to recognize the second largest gift the Grubb YMCA has ever received. The donor, Elizabeth Aldridge, is well known in Trinity, Archdale and High Point for her philanthropy, said YMCA President David Ozmore.

“There’s such respect for Elizabeth and her family and what she’s done for this community whether it’s High Point University or Archdale Friends or the YMCA,” he said. “Numerous things that she's done. The really neat part about her is she has named everything for her (late) husband. This is the first time she’s putting her name on it.”


The donation amount is being kept under seal by Aldridge’s request.

He added that during the initial meeting between YMCA representatives and Aldridge, she said her husband, William Aldridge, made the money and it was her job to give it away.

“Her spirit and her humility — people respect that,” Ozmore said.

Aldridge and a few members of her family attended the ceremony.

The Grubb YMCA opened in 2010, but lacked an aquatic center because funding fell short. Aldridge’s gift made the construction of the aquatic center, which Ozmore called a necessity for the YMCA, possible.


It will include a pool with a peninsula that will allow a lifeguard to watch swimmers from the center of the pool, a new and improved spin class room and a childcare section.

The pool, designed for families, will be 3- to 5-feet deep and will have both a stairway into the water and a beach entry for those who struggle walking up or down stairs.

The center will be complete in 11 to 12 months, with construction starting shortly after Christmas.