Construction of the new YMCA for Greater Nashua building kicks off with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, May 18, at 11 a.m. The public is invited.
The new building is being constructed on city-owned land off Exit 5W of the F.E. Everett Turnpike, on a parcel that houses Stellos Stadium and an entrance to Mine Falls Park. Donors and city officials, including Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, will take part.
“It’s an opportunity to bring together all of our partners who helped make this a reality,” said Mike LaChance, YMCA CEO.
Construction is expected to take one year. The YMCA has been in its current downtown location at 17 Prospect St. since 1964.
The YMCA has raised about $8.1 million for the $10 million project.
LaChance said the YMCA is still soliciting donors and volunteers.
The Greater Nashua YMCA has two buildings, one in Nashua and one in Merrimack, and 23,000 people use the facilities in a year. Recent studies suggest the new building could increase the number of users by 50 percent compared to the existing Nashua building.
The new building will be smaller than the older one (about 40,000 square feet instead of 55,000) but will be more energy- and space-efficient. The current building was built for the YMCA and the YWCA, and there was a lot of duplication of facilities, LaChance said.
During the last three years, the YMCA has served more than 5,000 individuals who couldn’t afford services, spending about $1 million in the process. LaChance said this project will allow the YMCA to provide more services to more people.
The new building will include a family adventure center and a family pool in addition to the typical six-lane pool. It will have studios for dance, yoga, pilates and other group exercises, plus an after-school childcare center, a multi-purpose room for seniors and a large wellness facility. Call the YMCA at 598-1533. Send donations to YMCA, 6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054. Visit www.nmymca.org.