The Ohio National Guard's Marysville Training and Community Center will officially open its doors to the public following a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

The Ohio National Guard's Marysville Training and Community Center will officially open its doors to the public following a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

The unveiling is being held at 200 Coleman's Crossing Blvd. in conjunction with the Union County Board of Commissioners, the city of Marysville and the Union County Family YMCA.

The $8.2-million facility is a 41,000-square-foot structure that replaces facilities in Bellefontaine and Delaware. It will accommodate more than 300 soldiers from three Ohio Army National Guard units -- the 585th Military Police Company; Battery C, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and Company H, Recruiting and Retention Battalion.

In addition to serving as a National Guard training facility, it also will share space with the Union County Family YMCA located adjacent to the property.

The shared space includes an assembly hall large enough to accommodate basketball and volleyball activities or a 275-350 seating capacity banquet facility. Shared space also includes a kitchen and classrooms that are already being used for a variety of instructional and recreational activities.

The two facilities are linked by an enclosed corridor.

The training and community center was funded by the federal government, the state of Ohio and the Union County Family YMCA. The land was purchased by the state with assistance from Union County commissioners.

"The Union County Family YMCA is very excited to partner with the Ohio National Guard and the opening of the new community training center," said Suzy Zumwalde, YMCA CEO and executive dir-ector. "The YMCA has upgraded the assembly hall so that it can be used for sports activities and community events. This new facility will allow the YMCA to expand programming in the areas of sports, fitness, youth and teen programs and senior activities."

Zumwalde said the YMCA also has youth, family and senior cooking classes scheduled this fall at the new facility. She stressed that the facility will be fully utilized.

"We will utilize the gym for girls and boys basketball leagues, and adult volleyball and basketball leagues," she said. "We will utilize the classrooms for our Friday Senior Sunrise program, which is free to the community. We plan to begin offering some after school teen programs as well."

Zumwalde said the community will have access to the gym, classrooms and kitchen.

"All community rental information will be coordinated by the YMCA," she said. "The YMCA is very appreciative of all of the effort that went into bringing the Ohio National Guard to Marysville and allowing us to partner with them."

The new combined training and community centers are part of an Ohio National Guard initiative to better integrate into the local communities. The facility will be open for a public tour following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.