B'ville: Y continues to review sites, engage supporters

— The Greater Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers is continuing its efforts to find the best site for the Northwest Family YMCA.

A committee of Y volunteers experienced in site development has visited more than 16 sites in Greater Baldwinsville. They have qualified eight sites for further review. That review includes earnest discussions with property owners and consideration of technical issues that could make some sites unsuitable for a Y. A final recommendation to the Board of Managers is expected in early 2012.

Meanwhile, Y volunteers have been making new connections in the community. A new informal group of supporters, called the Friends of the YMCA, Northwest, began forming in October. Members pledge to support the cause of the YMCA movement: to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They also pledge to support the construction of the Northwest Family YMCA, knowing that no matter where it is located, it will strengthen all of our neighborhoods.

“Right now, we’re focused on two things: finding the best location and engaging our supporters,” said Cindy Dowd Greene, chair of the all-volunteer Board of Managers. “With all of the support we’re seeing in the community, I know we’ll be able to build the Northwest Family YMCA somewhere.”

She said that the conversation in the community is shifting. It’s no longer about the pros and cons of any one site, she said. It’s a wider discussion about the needs in our community and how a Y will meet those needs, no matter where it’s located.

“I’m excited,” Dowd Greene said. “Our goal is to begin serving our community as soon as possible. I can’t wait.”

Friends of the Y will hold an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Baldwinsville Public Library. Those who stop by during that time will meet individually with a member of the Board of Managers to ask questions and learn more about the efforts to build the Northwest Family Y. Those who can’t make it should visit NWFY.org to learn more and to join the Friends of the Y.

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