The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has announced it is partnering with Westfield Washington Schools to develop a $35 million Y branch in the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield, Indiana. The proposed facility is slated to open in fall 2020.
The Y will occupy 10 acres of land south of Grand Park Sports Campus at the corners of Wheeler Road and 181st Street, according to a report by Indianapolis Business Journal. If fundraising goals are met, construction could start as soon as spring 2019.
"We began to have some conversations between the city and Westfield Schools and the YMCA, and it's something the community is ready for," Y President and CEO Eric Ellswoth told Indiana Business. "We did a market study to see how much use of the facility there would be, and we also did a fundraising feasibility study, and the numbers on the marketing survey were really good. And it also said that the community was in a mood to be generous to a project like this."
The 65,000-square-foot facility will feature basketball courts, a running track and an Olympic-size natatorium with a 50-meter pool, the Journal reported. The Y is funding $20 million for the facility with the school district contributing $15 million for the pool area, which will be twice the size of Westfield High School’s current pool.
School Superintendent Sherry Grate said the district has the capital to finance the project without raising taxes or imposing a referendum.
"We believe that in the long term this will be a great financial investment for Westfield Schools and a great opportunity for the community," Grate told IndyStar.
Y spokeswoman Christy Glesing told the Journal that the organization is close to securing a lead gift for the Westfield facility but declined to identify the amount or the source.
The Y currently operates 12 locations in the Indianapolis area. The new facility will be located approximately 30 miles north of downtown Indianapolis and is expected to attract 12,000 members.