Partnering to complete a new YMCA facility

Ascension St. Vincent has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to complete a new YMCA facility. The location will be on the southwest corner of Wheeler Road and 181st Street in Westfield. In recognition of this commitment to the community, the new YMCA will be named the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA.

Phase I of the project consists of the Westfield Washington Schools Natatorium, which is currently under construction. This phase will feature a 50-meter natatorium, lobby, restrooms, multipurpose classroom and café. Construction is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2021.

State-of-art wellness center

As currently planned, the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA will include a state-of-the-art wellness center, gym, basketball courts, demonstration kitchen, indoor track and an additional 5,000 square-feet will be reserved for services offered by Ascension St. Vincent. The Center will connect to the 35,000 square-foot Westfield Washington Schools Natatorium, which will be managed by the YMCA.

Mission-based alignment

“Ascension St. Vincent is dedicated to holistic care that sustains and improves the health of Indiana residents, and that extends far beyond the walls of our hospitals,” Jonathan Nalli, CEO of Ascension St. Vincent, said. “The YMCA understands that healthy living is about balancing physical fitness with an equally strong mind and spirit, which aligns perfectly with our Mission-based approach. Providing easy access to a wellness facility of this caliber allows us to tackle issues our state is faced with, like heart disease and obesity.”

Since its founding in 1854, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has sought to create positive change and is working diligently toward its goal of making Central Indiana one of the country’s ten healthiest communities by 2025.

Community support to influence project scope

“Ascension St. Vincent’s focus on proactive health and well-being makes it an ideal partner for the YMCA in Westfield,” said Derrick Stewart, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “We are excited about the opportunity for the YMCA to serve the Westfield community and look forward to providing residents and local businesses with the opportunity to make a donation that will influence the scope of another phenomenal community asset.”

In consideration of the health concerns associated with COVID-19, a comprehensive market analysis is being done by FourSquare Research. The results will determine how Y facilities might be reimagined to better serve the community as we emerge from the pandemic. The results of this analysis will be driven by extensive feedback from community focus groups and online surveys.

The YMCA has raised $6 million of the $20 million needed to fully fund the new facility. A groundbreaking for the Y will occur after the remaining $14 million is committed. Those interested in contributing to the project should contact YMCA Chief Development Officer Jim Wood at jwood@indymca.org.

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