CEO: Westfield YMCA 'Many Years' in the Making

Posted: Updated:
Eric Ellswoth is president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Eric Ellswoth is president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
WESTFIELD -

The chief executive officer of YMCA of Greater Indianapolis says a proposed $35 million facility in Westfield will help satisfy the needs of the community. Eric Ellsworth says the organization's partnership with Westfield Washington Schools to bring the 65,000-square-foot YMCA branch and natatorium to life is a natural one that will create the most benefit for the money being spent.

The facility will house a 50-meter pool that the district could use for swim meets and physical education classes, but could also be separated into different sections for competitive swimming, swim instruction and recreational swimming. It would also include multiple gymnasiums, a health and wellness center with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor running track, child care space, as well as community meeting space.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Ellsworth said the organization has been trying to build a YMCA in Westfield for years and began the collaboration with Westfield Schools when the district began looking into building a new aquatic facility.

"We began to have some conversations with between the city and Westfield Schools and the YMCA and it's something the community is read for," said Ellsworth. "We did a market study to see how much use of the facility there would be and we also did a fundraising feasibility study and the numbers on the marketing survey were really good and it also said that the community was in a mood to be generous to a project like this."

Ellsworth says a fundraising campaign has begun to generate the $20 million the YMCA is contributing to the project. He says the organization will have to be aggressive in its fundraising efforts in order to meet the goal of opening the facility by the fall of 2020 but he believes they'll be able to hit that mark. 

The district is contributing $15 million to the project and says it has the capital on hand to contribute to the project without raising funds or a referendum. Ellsworth adds Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent Sherry Grate's previous efforts in helping bring a YMCA branch to Auburn, Indiana was a contributing factor in forming the partnership.

The facility would be located at the intersection of 181st Street and Wheeler Road on property that was donated by the Wheeler Family. Ellsworth says the proximity to Westfield Schools, Grand Park Sports Campus and the Monon Trail makes the location a perfect site for the development.

Ellsworth says they are now working on the design of the facility to show potential donors and the next step is to go into the community to find new partners before submitting to the city for final approvals before construction begins.

Ellsworth says the collaboration with Westfield Schools started when the district began looking into building a new aquatic facility.
  • Perspectives

    • Truck Driver Supply Impacting Cargo Hauling Demand

      The U.S. unemployment rate has moved down to 3.9 percent, which is its lowest level since December 2000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Great news! Maybe not. There are business sectors that need employees due to constraints in the labor market - namely truck drivers. The level of employment in the truck transportation industry is essentially unchanged since mid-2015, according to the bureau. And the impact is being felt.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Triple XXX Root Beer Appears in Prime Time

      A soft drink that carries the name of an iconic West Lafayette restaurant has been featured on a national television series. In a message on the Triple XXX Family Restaurant's Instagram page, co-owner Carrie Ehresman said the recent appearance of Triple XXX Root Beer on NBC's "Chicago Fire" was not product placement. She said the show's producers reached out through the restaurant's website and "we weren't sure we'd make the final cut until it aired!"

    • Mark Sandy became Ball State's director of intercollegiate athletics in 2015.

      Ball State to Introduce Next AD

      Ball State University Monday will name a new director of intercollegiate athletics. Mark Sandy, who has served in the position for more than three years, announced his retirement in January. During Sandy's tenure, eight teams won Mid-American Conference league championships or division titles. Three new facilities projects have been completed during his time in Muncie...

    • On-Air

      Find out when and where you can watch and listen to our reports.

    • Simon recently opened outlets in South Korea and France.

      Simon, Marriott Partnership Grows

      Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is expanding its partnership with Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. (Nasdaq: MAR). The companies have announced plans to open at least five new hotels at Simon shopping centers throughout the country over the next several years. 

    • The facility also features a computer training lab, a bistro and Bosma's retail store.

      Bosma Launches Salesforce Training Program

      Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises has launched a program to train people who are blind or visually impaired to be Salesforce administrators. The organization says BosmaForce involves an 18-week online course available throughout the United States. Bosma Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Lou Moneymaker says people who are blind of visually impaired face a 70 percent national unemployment rate, and the BosmaForce program aims to create pathways to high-paying, in-demand careers.