WESTFIELD, Ind. — The YMCA is about to build a new center in Westfield thanks to a commitment from the city.
On Thursday, the organization announced a $5 million pledge from the City of Westfield to help fund the project. Through this pledge, the YMCA raised a total of $14.5 million of the $16.5 million needed to fully fund the new facility.
The YMCA says the facility will include a wellness center, basketball courts, demonstration kitchen, community gathering spaces, access to the Monon Trail and other amenities. It will be connected to the previously built 35,000 square foot Westfield Aquatic Center.
“I think a pledge now gives them the tools they need to get to the fundraising finish line,” adviser Scott Willis said. “I think it’s essential that certain donors see that the city is there.”
The YMCA says the new facility will provide an opportunity to continue engaging the community through programs currently underway, such as LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, swimming lessons and a day camp. .
“We have worked alongside the leaders of the town of Westfield for some time on this project, and we are extremely grateful that they have joined our other donors in bringing a YMCA to the community,” said Gregg Hiland, president. and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “Partnering with the Town of Westfield to build this YMCA will help realize the vision of supporting the well-being of families and friends in this community through programs that focus on healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.
A first pickaxe for the Y will take place after the commitment of the remaining 2 million dollars.
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