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Rendering of pool at Wellmark YMCA.

Rendering of pool at Wellmark YMCA.

A big construction project starts Monday in Des Moines.

The YMCA is holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the new Wellmark YMCA downtown. It’s at the site of the former Polk County Convention Center.

Gov. Terry Branstad, Mayor Frank Cownie and other city and state leaders will be at the ceremony.

Major construction is slated to begin this spring, with the renovated portions of the facility scheduled to open in early 2015. The $30 million facility includes an Olympic size pool, gym, track, and racquetball courts.

The groundbreaking is set for 1:30 p.m.

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