Healthy and vital communities often share one basic and outstanding characteristic — they are home to a thriving community center like the Westfield Area YMCA. The challenge lies in keeping the facility relevant to the present day.
In 2014, the Westfield Area Y cut a ribbon to commemorate completion of the first phase of a multi-year capital improvement project focused on ADA-accessibility and infrastructure enhancements. The capital project began outside with installation of an ADA-compliant entry ramp which accesses both a new elevator to the 3rd floor and an enhanced vestibule. A walkway ice melt system was installed and an enclosed emergency exit was created from the 2nd floor. The Fitness Express Center was relocated and renovated, ADA-compliant restrooms were installed on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and several classrooms were modernized. A new social space, The Glasser Foundation Lounge, was created. The infrastructure and aesthetics of the 2nd and 3rd floors were upgraded.
In 2018, the new racquetball courts opened. During 2019, the Strength Training Room and Cardio Room renovations were completed and the new Free Weight Room opened in November, 2019.
Modernization of the Main Y Lobby will be the next capital improvement slated for completion in spring 2020. Also in the planning stage are new Family Locker Rooms which will double the Y’s capacity to serve families and those with special needs. This new space will be located in the former Free Weight Room and be underway by late fall. The previous Family Locker Room will be renovated into a new Girls Locker Room. This project will begin in late 2020.