The Campaign to Fund and Construct Our New Family Y
Thanks to the steadfast support of our members, the tireless efforts of the volunteer leaders who guide us, and the selfless contributions from hundreds of donors from throughout our community and beyond, we are “Building What Matters” -- a modern new home that will allow us to continue to serve our members and entire community for generations to come.
What We're Building
Our new Y will begin as a 54,000 sq. ft. building that will include a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and adjacent warm-water family/teaching/ therapeutic pool; Health & Wellness Center with expansive views of the Saugatuck River; multi-purpose Gymnasium; three group-fitness studios; a Child Watch/Kids’ Adventure Gym area; five locker rooms, including one for those with dependent care; and other amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility.
We expect to open our new Y facility at Mahackeno in early fall 2014. Upon completion of all construction stages, the Family Y at Mahackeno will comprise 102,000 sq. ft. and is expected to include a Gymnastics Center, Child Care wing and expanded Aquatics and Health & Wellness areas.
To see more renderings of what our new Y will look like, from the outside and inside, please click here.
To view a video about our campaign for a new Y, including a "virtual tour" of the completed building, to be known as the Bedford Family Center, please click on the image below.
A Brief Summary
The Family Y's Building What Matters campaign was initiated in early 2011 following the dismissal of the last of the legal challenges brought by neighbors regarding the approval process to build a new Family Y at our Mahackeno Outdoor Center property.
In February 2012, the Family Y announced that our new Y facility will be built in stages, keeping pace with fundraising for the facility and ensuring the financial sustainability of the Family Y as a community center focused on developing youth, promoting healthy living for all and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
The first stage of our new Y is being built on a portion of the footprint that has been approved by the Town, with subsequent phases also within that footprint. Upon completion of all construction stages, the Family Y at Mahackeno will comprise 102,000 sq. ft. and is expected to include a Gymnastics Center, Child Care wing and expanded Aquatics and Health & Wellness areas.
On February 6, 2013, we held our official groundbreaking ceremony. “The Y has always served as a center of community life and wellness for our local citizens of all ages,” said Jim Marpe, then Chair of the Family Y’s governing Board of Trustees and now Westport's First Selectman. “Today, we are taking a very important next step in assuring that our mission of community center and wellness continues, not just for the current generation of those who live and work in our towns, but also for future generations of local families for decades to come.”
On July 31, the Family Y celebrated a construction milestone, with a “topping out” ceremony marking the completion of the steel framework for the building. And in February, we'll mark our "second groungbreaking" -- the excavation of the pools within the Strittmatter Family Aquatic Center.
Funding Our New Y
In all, the Family Y has identified $37 million in funding, including proceeds from the agreed-upon sale of its current home, built by Mr. Bedford in 1923 and expanded over time. Current estimates for the total cost of the first phase of the new Y are $38.5 million, leaving a funding gap of $1.3 million as of December 2013.
“We’re optimistic that our progress in bringing this building 'out of the ground' will motivate Y supporters who until now have been in a ‘wait-and-see’ mode toward giving,” said Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO. “Every dollar donated from this point forward makes for a better Y.”
To read more about the Y families who have supported the Y throughout its history and to the current day, please click on this link.
To make a safe and secure online donation to our capital campaign, please click here.
The Building What Matters campaign leaders are continuing their efforts to reach out to local foundations, businesses and individuals with the means to make a significant investment in the Family Y’s future. A more public, grass-roots phase of this campaign was launched in early 2013.
Called “Picture Yourself at the New Family Y,” the innovative project involves the creation of a large wall mural at the new facility to be composed of thousands of individual photographs of Y members and supporters.
For a tax-deductible contribution of $90 per photo to the Y’s “Building What Matters” capital campaign, donors will be able to include a favorite photo or photos in a mosaic of “The Westport-Weston YMCA,” a watercolor by artist Kassie Foss of the Family Y’s historic Bedford Building, home of the Family Y since 1923.
The interactive online project may be found at www.pictureyournewy.org, where contributors will also be able to locate their photos, as well as search for those of friends and neighbors. .
Please click on the image below to hear Allen Raymond, Y Trustee Emeritus, addressing his fellow Y leaders and supporters at a reception following our groundbreaking ceremony.