Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family recently donated $3 million to support the Saratoga YMCA and Saratoga Senior Center’s joint project.
The undertaking will create a new wellness environment for residents from children to seniors living in the greater Saratoga region. The relocation of the Senior Center to the West Avenue campus will free up the current center space for other civic organizations to operate, which will benefit the entire community.
The YMCA has been dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the greater Saratoga community for over 150 years. This expansion project will provide much-needed additional space for the Y when post-COVID operations are currently requiring more space in exercise areas to better support public health, officials said.
The new building will supply additional space and will come fully equipped with new fitness spaces and wellness centers devoted to public health – something the Dake Foundation and Stewart’s Shops have been consistent with in their giving for decades. An indoor “adventure center” which will include a play space, a new gymnasium, as and a shared lobby area between the Y and the Senior Center, are also parts of the plan.
“Saratoga is nationally recognized for its dedication to healthy living, and this project is not only a natural extension of that, but is taking a revolutionary approach to the many benefits of intergenerational wellness,” said Saratoga Regional YMCA CEO Scott Clark. “At a time when social interaction and healthy bodies are more important than ever, we are so thrilled to be able to create this special space for our community. We are so grateful to all of our benefactors who are helping to make it a reality.”