West Seattle YMCA about to start work on expansion; groundbreaking celebration announced

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(Rendering courtesy West Seattle YMCA)

The official groundbreaking celebration has just been announced for June 2nd, but some work for the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion will start in The Triangle in early May. Here’s the official announcement:

The Board and Staff of your West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA invite you to attend a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration on Thursday, June 2, kicking off construction of an expanded West Seattle facility.

Your expanded and renovated West Seattle YMCA will include:

• A dedicated Family Wing with age-appropriate spaces where infants to young teens, can play, connect with peers, explore new activities and develop skills on their way to reaching their full potential.

• More than 9,500 square feet for fitness classes, strength/weight training and cardio equipment – nearly doubling the current space for Y members to be active and stay healthy.

• A new Community Meeting Room where youth, neighbors, service organizations and other groups can gather together to work on local issues, learn new skills and explore shared interests.

• A Healthy Eating Kitchen in the Community Meeting Room, supportingY members and participants, especially youth, to develop healthier eating habits through nutrition and cooking classes and free monthly cooking demonstrations.

• Five new Family Changing Rooms that will allow families of all configurations to privately help each other dress for swim and fitness programs.

• A welcoming new entrance on SW Snoqualmie Street, soon to be designated as a Festival Street that can be closed to cars for special community and Y events.

Funds for the project come from an $8 million capital campaign, with at least $4 million to be raised in the West Seattle community and the remaining funds provided by the YMCA of Greater Seattle. To date, volunteers from the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA Board have raised $3.7 million locally.

“I’m inspired by the hundreds of generous people who have donated to expand and renovate our Y facility. They believe that the YMCA makes a huge difference in people’s lives, and that as the West Seattle community grows, the Y needs to be there to respond. Thanks to these donors we’ve already exceeded 92% of our local fundraising goal and are ready to go!” said Josh Sutton, Regional Executive Director. The Y expects to serve 3,500 more people with the expanded facility, growing our reach in West Seattle to more than 23,000 individuals each year.

The West Seattle YMCA building will largely remain open during construction, with improvements happening in phases and completion expected by the end of the year. The first phase will launch the week of May 9 when the old Youth Programs Building on the Y property will be torn down. Throughout the project, you’ll find the latest updates, images, construction progress and schedule changes on OurNewY.org.

The groundbreaking ceremony and celebration will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on the Snoqualmie Street side of the West Seattle YMCA facility. Activities will include a bounce house, a photo booth where you can turn a gold shovel of dirt and wear a hard hat, games, donor recognition and a brief program at 5:00 pm.

3 Replies to "West Seattle YMCA about to start work on expansion; groundbreaking celebration announced"

  • AF April 25, 2016 (1:56 pm)

    I’m sure it will be wonderful in many ways but ultimately we left the YMCA because of the pool. It’s not heated to a decent temperature. My two year olds lips were purple in their pool and it has no shallow area for kids to walk into. It’s nice that they will have a family changing area but if they are not changing the pool itself it’s not for us.

  • high and dry April 26, 2016 (10:36 am)

    Almost everyone wants a new pool.  It seems that this conversation fell on deaf ears within Y management, as they simply wouldn’t listen.  I asked people on their board why they couldn’t get a pool as part of this, with no real answer.  “It’s too expensive” means their vision is shortsighted.

    West Seattle would support (meaning fund) a better aquatic facility, or we’ll do like our family does:  simply drive to SeaTac for a better pool.  I’d rather spend my money on gas than spend my money on more parking spots for the WS Y.

  • My two cents ... April 26, 2016 (7:20 pm)

    Hope that for $8 million dollars you can find a parking spot where your car won’t  get broken into.

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