History of our Y

The first chapter of the Westfield Area Y began in 1868 by a group of Christian laymen, who wanted to promote intellectual, moral and social growth among young men. Twenty years later a local Y for teenage boys was established as a recreation center on Elm Street. It was soon disbanded because the building was not strong enough to support athletic activities and there were insufficient funds to renovate the facility.

The development of the present organization began in the early 1920’s, when a group of civic-minded men united to establish a program to provide Westfield boys with a place for “constructive” activities and discourage them from hanging out on street corners.  A Board of Directors was formed in 1923 and in 1924, they authorized the purchase of land on Clark Street, which still houses the Main facility. The official opening and dedication ceremony of the facility took place on February 17, 1929. Consolidation with the YWCA occurred in 1985, making this a facility equally prized by men, women and children.

Today, the Westfield Area Y has grown to include: the Clark Street facility--a handicapped-accessible building that houses a gymnasium, two pools, fitness centers for men and women, free weights, racquetball courts, Cardio and Strength Training rooms, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, a fitness studio and meeting rooms; Administrative Support Offices on Ferris Place opened in 2012, which houses Human Resources, Finance, Conference Rooms; Garwood Family Center Y, opened in 2012, which provides full-day child care, preschool, after school and drop-in care; Robert and Virginia Bauer Family Branch on East Broad Street, opened in 2005, which houses our NAEYC-accredited preschool and kindergarten, playground and multi-purpose room for youth, teen, family, senior and community programs; and since 1991, our NAEYC-accredited Child Care Center on Elm Street with 9 child care classrooms, a kindergarten, playground and multi-purpose gym

The Y also offers services at additional program sites: Y Preschool at the Cranford Community Center, First Baptist Church of Westfield, Church of St. Anne, Westfield Memorial Pool, Westfield Public Schools, Mountainside Public Schools, Mountainside Recreation Center, and a variety of outdoor parks and fields.

With approximately 11,000 members, the Westfield Area Y has varied its programs to meet the needs of each new generation while honoring the continued commitment to help develop strong character. Programs today continue to cultivate honesty and respect as they emphasize the importance of responsibility and caring for entire families.

OUR HOURS AND LOCATIONS

 
(908) 233-2700 (908) 233-2700 (908) 233-2700 (908) 301-1616 (908) 654-8460 (908) 233-2700 (908) 709-7283
220 Clark street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
111 Ferris Place,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
500 East Street,
Garwood, NJ,
07027
170 Elm Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
422 East Broad Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Walnut Avenue,
Cranford, NJ,
07016
Weekdays
5:00AM-10:30PM
Saturday 
7:30AM-8:00PM
Sunday
7:00AM-9:00PM

 

Weekdays
7:30AM-8:00PM 
Weekends 
8:00AM-8:00PM
 
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9:00AM-5:00PM 
Weekends 
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Weekdays
7:00AM-6:30PM 
Weekends 
* CLOSED
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Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
Weekends
As Scheduled 
Weekdays
Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
Weekends
As Scheduled 
Weekdays
Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
Weekends
As Scheduled 

 

OUR MISSION

The Westfield Area Y is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual and family in the communities it serves through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.