By Christine Graf
The Saratoga Regional YMCA recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly-expanded West Avenue facility. The $8.9 million expansion project was funded in part by a $3 million gift from Stewart’s Shop and the Dake Family. The Robert and Lisa Moser Family Foundation Inc. contributed $1 million towards the project, and additional funds were provided by individual donors and community partners.
“We’re still raising needed funds to help offset the cost of the project,” said Saratoga Regional YMCA Executive Director Steve Butler.
The 23,000-square-foot expansion includes a new gymnasium, an indoor play center, a wellness center, and an intergenerational lobby that connects the YMCA to the brand-new Saratoga Senior Center. The center relocated to the YMCA campus from its previous location on Williams Street and operates independently of the YMCA.
“Members of the SRYMCA and members of the Saratoga Senior Center can now access both facilities seamlessly through our Robert and Lisa Moser Family Foundation Inc. Intergenerational Lobby,” said Butler. “The spacious lobby area has various seating options for individuals and families to connect and engage with one another, enjoy a cup of coffee together, participate in a virtual meeting, or play a board game. It’s also a place where our Before & After School Program children can focus on their academics and finish up their homework during our care.”