YMCA Looking for Water Tank Options

YMCA Camp Seymour is a mission-based organization serving children and families on the Key Peninsula since 1905. Each year, we are blessed to serve 13,000 youth, families and individuals through summer camp, Outdoor Environmental Education, family camp and retreats. 

YMCA Camp Seymour partnered with local experts and Pierce County to create a master plan to ensure our mission will continue for the next 100 years, and to provide a quality outdoor experience for our campers. Recently, some neighbors have expressed concern about our response to a Pierce County requirement for an improved water system to meet fire flow requirements for future renovation and new construction at camp. 

The Y contracted with field experts to develop the most efficient and effective solution, which is construction of a 60-foot water tank, located in the woods 55 feet from Thomas Road NW. The water tank is a silent gravity system, requiring minimal maintenance in the short and long term.

While Pierce County has approved this solution, we are researching another option that would place the water tank away from the road and not in view of any homes. For this location to be a viable option, the Y will need to address environmental concerns, it will need to be as economical and reliable as our current solution, and it will need to be approved by Pierce County.

Several YMCA staff call Camp Seymour home year-round and represent the YMCA’s commitment to being good neighbors and community partners. Our doors are always open to a neighborly visit, and we will continue to communicate with our community as our plans develop. We look forward to serving our community for another century.

Todd Silver, chair of the board of directors, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties

Charlie Davis, president and CEO, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties