Our eyes are on the future at the Brandywine YMCA! Our Y has been a vital part of the Brandywine community since 1966. Over the years, we’ve grown and changed thousands of lives in North Wilmington. Because of our growth, we are excited to announce the expansion and renovation of our current facility in 2017!
Some of the highlights of the building expansion will include:
- 16,000 square feet added to the second floor
- A youth wellness center and dedicated space for teen programs
- New and renovated classrooms for preschool which will provide the capacity to serve more children
- Community education rooms for classes like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and meetings
- Adaptive fitness equipment throughout the fitness center and pool areas for members with limited mobility
- A larger fitness center and a second fitness studio for group exercise classes and programs
Will the Brandywine Y remain open during the expansion project?
Yes, we will remain open. There will be a 2-3 day building closure in May to complete electrical work. During this brief shut-down time, members will have access to other Y branches and the JCC.
Will the pools and the locker rooms be affected?
The pools and the locker rooms should not be affected during construction.
What about the Movement Studio and gym? Will there still be summer classes?
The Movement Studio will be closed during the first phase of construction, which is slated to be complete by early fall of 2017. During this time, we will move many of our group exercise classes to the gym and Youth Wellness Center- and will be operating on a modified “construction schedule”. In an effort to try to accommodate the vast interests and needs of our members, we will do our best to balance the program offerings in those spaces. The modified schedule will be available the last week of April. Also, be sure to check out the expanded offerings at the Hanby Outdoor Center this summer.
Should we expect any changes in the Fitness Center during the construction?
Schedule changes will only affect the Youth Wellness Center side of the Fitness Center.
What about babysitting? Will Kids Zone be open?
The Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, next door, is providing us with building space so babysitting service will still be available. Please note that, due to church offerings, we will have a modified schedule through the summer. Please see the “Brandywine Expansion” webpage (www.ymcade.org/BrandywineExpansion), or stop by the Kids Zone or the Front Desk for a copy of the schedule. The parking spots along the side of the Y will be designated as a walkway so you can safely make your way into our building after dropping your child(ren) off at the church. Babysitting, as during previous summers, will use the big kids’ playground. Our youngest members will stay inside the church.
Will I be able to use the elevator to get up to the gym?
The elevator will be replaced during phase one of the construction project and will not be available through the end of the year. We will make every effort to schedule classes for seniors in the Youth Wellness Center on the first floor.
The front parking lot, front door and lobby are closed. Where do I go?
Signs will direct you to enter the parking lot through the Baptist Church entrance next door, and you will be able to park in the back of the building and in the church parking lot. We will have several additional handicapped spots located as close to the back entrance of the Y as possible. You will be able to enter the building through the back door where typical lobby operations will now take place. Member Services staff will be there to serve you and answer your questions. This is where you will also be able to find your favorite cup of coffee.
Where can I find more information on the project and get updates?
Emails will be sent out regularly, and updates will be available on our Facebook page (be sure to like our page). The information TVs around the Y will have updates, pictures and video of the progress. Text messages will be sent out with any last minute changes. To sign up for texts, send a text to 81010 with @bryalerts in the body of the text. We will also continually update this page.
I want to make sure I am getting the email updates. What should I do?
Stop by the front desk and ask to verify the primary email address we have on file for you. You can also update your own contact information by going to our website.
I want to be a part of this! How can I support this effort and help the Y better serve our community with additional program space?
Visit www.ymcade.org/eyesonthefuture/ and click on “donate now.” Thank you in advance for your support.