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More than simply a building, the YMCA is where big dreams happen.

Babies learn to walk. Children learn to swim. Teens discover their potential. Busy families reconnect. Cancer survivors regain their health. And someone who struggled to walk a mile trains and runs their first marathon. Big dreams are realized at the Y.

Today, we have an opportunity to dream big.

Where Community Happens


For more than a decade, we have talked to thousands of leaders and residents and listened to what the region needs: early childhood education, support for physical and mental wellness, safe spaces for youth, and a place for families and neighbors to connect.

It’s time to make that happen.

This is why we are launching our WHERE COMMUNITY HAPPENS capital campaign to build a new Y, creating health and opportunity in the region for generations.

The new Y will create an energy-efficient, vibrant, and inclusive gathering hub, providing wellness, recreation, and a safe place for all. The design features welcoming social gathering areas, space for healthy activities, and opportunities to help our children grow and thrive.

Our bold vision features:

  • Full-day Early Learning Center

  • State-of-the-art Wellness Center

  • Indoor/outdoor running track

  • Group exercise studios

  • Meeting and gathering spaces

  • STEM and technology areas for youth

  • Child Watch/ Kids Adventure Space

  • Full-size gymnasium

  • Community kitchen

  • 6-lane lap pool

  • Warm water pool

  • Outdoor sports and recreation (pickleball/badminton)

The new regional YMCA will be located on 12.5 acres of land in Ashland along the Boston Marathon Course, located near the MBTA Train Station, and easily accessible from all of the communities we will serve.

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The Where Community Happens Campaign will allow us to...


Create connections among families, neighbors, and the community.


Offer critically needed full-day early childhood education for 100 children, helping them reach their potential while providing care so parents can work.


Ensure adults of all ages and abilities have the support and resources they need to live a healthy life.


Provide vibrant, social gathering spaces for seniors to connect and stay active.


Create an environment that supports physical, social, emotional and mental wellness for all ages.


Provide enriching opportunities for children and teens to learn, grow and thrive, while building character.


Offer aquatics opportunities for wellness, family fun, and safety in and around the water to preevnt drowning.


Provide an environment for families, kids and adults to be active and have fun.


Help children, adults and seniors realize their greatest potential and improve the quality of life in the region.

How You Can Make It Happen

We are currently in the quiet phase of the campaign and are working with community leaders and philanthropists to secure support for a new Y. The size, scope, and timing of the new Y facility will ultimately be determined by the generosity of the community in support of this effort.


Questions? Please contact Peter Waisgerber at (508) 879-4420 ext.270 or

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