Community Support to Bring a YMCA to Westfield

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Westfield Washington Schools are pleased to announce plans to build a $35 million, 90,000 + -square-foot YMCA center and natatorium

The project will be placed on 10 acres of donated land from the Wheeler Family at the southwest corner of Wheeler Rd. and 181st St. in Westfield, IN.

While we are excited about the project, funds will need to be raised and approvals must be met before construction can begin.

For more information about the project, please click on the tabs below. Please contact Shannon Russell, Major Gifts Officer, at 317-713-8546 for fundraising information.

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A YMCA for Westfield

Westfield is a growing hub for businesses and home to families seeking the best quality of life: excellent schools, great opportunities for recreation, and a welcoming community.

Like Westfield, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis began with a higher mission: helping people become healthier in spirit, mind, and body. Today, our Y has expanded into a movement that serves all people. Our association includes 15 facility and program centers. We serve seven Central Indiana counties and a population of nearly 1.7 million people.

In addition to serving more people and places across Central Indiana, our work has evolved and our impact has expanded. We’re not just a gym. We’re not just a charity. We’re about families, but we’re also about singles, college students, new couples, and empty-nesters. Above all, we’re about community.

That’s why we’re so excited about what’s next: our campaign to bring the YMCA to Westfield.


With 90,000 + -square-feet, the new YMCA in Westfield will boast the best features a Y has to offer. This Y center and natatorium is planned to be built on 10 acres of donated land from the Wheeler Family at the southwest corner of Wheeler Rd. and 181st St. in Westfield. Featured among the amenities are:

  • Gymnasium for court sports
  • Free weights & cardio equipment
  • Cycle & yoga studios
  • Indoor track
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Child watch and kids’ adventure area
  • Community gathering spaces
  • Chapel/reflection room
  • Café and lounge
  • Warm water family/therapy pool

Westfield YMCA blueprints first floor


Westfield YMCA blueprints second floor



Count on the Y to Deliver Options, Resources Essential to the Westfield Community

Like Ys all across the country, the Westfield Y will allow us to deliver on all three of our focus areas. It will provide space and resources for youth development, it will support and enable healthy living for local residents, and it will promote social responsibility in the communities it serves.

While we are excited about the project, funds will need to be raised and approvals must be met before construction can begin.

Youth Development

Youth Development | What to Expect | Westfield YMCA | YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

At the Y, we believe that play is the foundation for learning. A Play and Learn Center, free to Westfield YMCA members, will offer curriculum-based learning activities to children from six months to five years in a fun and nurturing environment.

We’ll complement the nationally-recognized Grand Park, and we’ll help grow Westfield’s reputation as a leader in youth sports. At the Y, our sports programs are about more than winning—they are about building strong bodies and strong character. Children and teens will learn the skills needed to perform to the best of their ability through year-round programs like Basketball, Soccer, Futsal, Football, Baseball, Softball, T-Ball, Dance, Cheer, Gymnastics, Volleyball, and Martial Arts.

YMCA Day Camps will help kids in Westfield reach their full potential. At camp, they will make new friends, increase self-confidence, and learn leadership skills. Daily rotations, guest speakers, and field trips provide opportunities with science and technology, arts and crafts, active games, healthy cooking, and more.

Healthy Living

Healthy Living | What to Expect | Westfield YMCA | YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
  • The new center will provide every amenity that people have come to expect from the YMCA, including a pool, gymnasium, and wellness center.
  • Like all of our new YMCA centers in Greater Indianapolis, the Westfield Y will include a healthcare partner who will provide preventive care programs and initiatives onsite.
  • The Westfield Y will help local residents reduce the risk of chronic diseases which are causing healthcare costs to soar. Options will include a LIVESTRONGTM Program for cancer survivors, Enhance Fitness® to manage arthritis, and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Experienced Westfield YMCA instructors will lead personal training and group exercise classes like Zumba®, Pilates, and Les Mills BodyPumpTM.

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility | What to Expect | Westfield YMCA | YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
  • We are collaborating with the Westfield Washington Schools to ensure that the new Y meets the needs of the local community. For example, an aquatic complex may be built in conjunction with the Y to meet the needs of Westfield Washington Schools’ competitive swim teams.
  • One of our most important responsibilities is to serve those who serve our country. That’s why a Westfield YMCA will offer reduced membership rates for our heroes. We’ll also provide financial literacy classes, job fairs, and other programs designed especially for veterans, military service members, and their families.
  • At the Westfield Y, we’ll offer a wide variety of YMCA and national certification and training opportunities. For example, our American Heart Association courses provide the skills needed for any emergency.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Plans an Ambitious Campaign in Support of a Westfield Y Center

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has distinguished itself through successful collaborations and groundbreaking innovations, and we’ll bring that experience to a Westfield YMCA. To fulfill this vision, the YMCA plans to launch an ambitious campaign, which will include raising $20 million in support of a new center.

As more and more people come to our region to make a home, establish careers, and raise their families, they are strengthening and revitalizing our region. To better serve the families of Westfield and broader Hamilton County, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will build a full-service center. By building a YMCA in Westfield—a community not currently served by a Y center—we will take an important step to fulfilling our mission: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

For fundraising information, please contact Shannon Russell, Major Gifts Officer, at 317-713-8546.

Project Status

Our Westfield Community | YMCA in Westfield | YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

  • Our community partners have already demonstrated their support for the project; the YMCA has signed a memorandum of understanding for a donation of 10 acres of land at 181st St. and Wheeler Rd.
  • Westfield Washington Schools will break ground on the natatorium, including a 50-meter lap pool, this summer, with plans to use the facility in the fall of 2020.
  • We will begin the next phase of the project when the funds needed are raised.

Read the latest news about the new YMCA at Westfield

Watch for more information about this exciting and ambitious joint project between the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the Westfield Washington Schools.
Indianapolis Star - May 10, 2018
Indianapolis Business Journal - May 10, 2018
Inside Indiana Business - May 11, 2018

Get to Know the YMCA in Westfield

Want to know more about the new YMCA in Westfield? We've got answers for you.

YMCA in Westfield FAQs

What amenities will this YMCA feature?

The Westfield Y will boast the best features a Y has to offer: basketball courts, a wellness area with free weights and cardio equipment, cycle and yoga studios, child watch area, community gathering spaces, a chapel, and a warm water family and therapy pool, among other amenities.

What programs will be offered?

The Y offers countless programs, nearly all are open to the community in addition to Y members. Some examples are: health and fitness classes, swim lessons, sports leagues, chronic disease prevention programs, day camps, teen and older adult programs, year-round family-fun events, and many more.

When will you break ground?

The project will be completed in two phases. Phase I consists of the Westfield Washington Schools 50-meter natatorium, lobby, restrooms, multipurpose classroom and café. Groundbreaking for Phase I will take place in Fall 2019 with construction expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

Phase II will begin when the necessary funds have been raised and will include the rest of the YMCA amenities mentioned above and space for a healthcare provider. Schematic designs can be viewed on the "location" tab. Construction of a YMCA of this size typically takes 15 to 18 months.

The final structure will be a single building that connects and strengthens the Westfield community in health, wellness and vibrancy. A shared parking lot will be conveniently located just west of the Monon Trail.

When will the project be complete?

Construction of a YMCA of this size typically takes 15 to 18 months depending on weather and other factors.

How big will it be?

56,000 – YMCA (approximate)
7,000 – Designated Healthcare Partner space
32,000 – WWS Natatorium
= 95,000-square-feet

Where will the funds come from?

$15 million – School district
$20 million – Community donations
$35 million – Total

How many members will this Y serve?

We expect this new Y to serve approximately 12,000 members. Y programs can also be enjoyed by many, many more people throughout the community

What areas will the school and the Y share?

The Y and the school will share some common areas, including the main entrance and atrium area, café and lounge areas, classroom space, public bathrooms, equipment and storage areas and parking. YMCA locker room space will be made available to athletes during school-sponsored swim meets.

Is the City of Westfield supporting the project?

Yes, the mayor and City staff and officials are enthusiastic about having a Y in Westfield and have already been involved in the planning.

Can you tell me more about the Westfield Community?

A Growing Community

  • Westfield was ranked in the top five fastest-growing communities in the Indy Metro area according to the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Westfield’s 2016 population had increased 22 percent in just six years.
  • Future job growth in Westfield is predicted to be 42.55% over the next 10 years.

A Livable Community

  • CNN Money Magazine named the City of Westfield one of the top 50 “Best Places to Live” in 2013. Westfield is the only Indiana community on the list which focuses on “America’s Best Small Towns.”
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Westfield’s 2016 population had increased 22 percent in just six years.
  • Westfield was named #1 among 1,200 small cities across the United States by

A First-Class Community

  • Westfield High School was ranked the sixth best high school in Indiana by U.S. News and World Report in 2017.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Westfield’s 2016 population had increased 22 percent in just six years.
  • SportsEvents magazine ranked Westfield's Grand Park as one of the nation's top 10 multi-use sports facilities. More than 1 million sports visitors are expected to participate in, or attend tournaments at, the Grand Park Sports Campus each year.