Northfield Area Family YMCA Groundbreaking News!

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October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website –

Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”

The construction of this new YMCA community center is funded entirely by donations raised from individuals, families and businesses in the surrounding community. On the day of the groundbreaking celebration, the Northfield Y will have secured more than $5.2 million in pledges, with lead gifts given by the Donkers, Sweasy and Hedin families; College City Beverage; Holden Farms; and local employees and supporters of Allina Health.

The Northfield Y is committed to building a fiscally responsible, sustainable operation and has designed a building with two phases. This allows the flexibility to start building Phase I with the possibility of adding Phase II into the initial construction, depending on how many additional donations come in by year-end. 

With construction plans for Phase I finalized, Northfield’s Y, which is expected to open in the fall of 2014, will feature an indoor aquatics center, group fitness studio, cardio and wellness floor, supervised children’s center, locker rooms, offices and multi-purpose community gathering space. Plans for Phase II, featuring a full-size gym and walking track, are in the development stage.  The estimated project cost to complete both Phase I and Phase II together is in the $8 to $9 million range.

Kaczmarek said, “This groundbreaking celebration kicks off the community phase of our capital campaign. We’re really excited for what’s to come, but it’s going to take a whole lot of hands to raise the roof on a gathering space for everyone. Since the beginning, Northfield’s Y has been about bringing people together, and we’ll look to build on that in the weeks and months ahead.”

Since 2005, the Northfield Y has served thousands of youth, families and individuals in the community through its full slate of annual programming, camps and fitness offerings, utilizing numerous locations all around town. To prepare for a successful capital campaign, feasibility studies have been conducted, pro formas have been evaluated, volunteers and staff have been recruited, monies have been raised and national best practices have been followed.

The mission of the Northfield Y is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community. All are welcome and scholarships are provided to those in need. Membership is not required to participate in its programs, services and youth camps. More information can be found on the Y’s website –