Construction has now begun on the Brandywine YMCA expansion project. Members of the community, staff, board members and volunteers gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony that took place in mid-May.

Latest expansion updates include:

  • Front office and child care areas have been demolished
  • Electrical work has started in the front of the building
  • Preparation for the new support beams has begun
  • Elevator tower has been demolished
  • New patio area near the back door and playground

Visit www.ymcade.org/BradywineExpansion for additional expansion details.

This $5 million dollar expansion is being funded by community support. The YMCA has launched the “Eyes on the Future” fundraising campaign to raise the last $1.5 million dollars needed to complete the project.

For additional information about this campaign or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Matt Clements, Director of Philanthropy, at (302) 571-6962 or Mclements@ymcade.org.

Tina Rydgren (Associate Executive Director at Brandywine) helped direct the new traffic pattern in the parking lot.
Exterior elevator tower demolition
Prepping for footers to be installed
Beginning demolition of the child care area
New patio area
The Brandywine YMCA staff celebrated the official groundbreaking.
Pictured right to left: Garrett Hadley (Board Chair, Brandywine Y), Jim Ryan (Group VP of Risk Management), Senator Greg Lavelle, Deborah Bagatta-Bowles (CEO), Claudie Pressley, Jr. (Board Member and Chair of Building Expansion Committee)

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