Building Community


In Fall of 2023, we publicly announced a Capital Campaign to build a new full facility YMCA in Watertown that will replace our current branch on Eighth Street. 

This new facility will be built adjacent to The Collective, a community hub which recently opened in Watertown at the old Bethesda Headquarters.  The new building will connect to the current Ehlinger Center (satellite express Y) that opened at The Collective in July of 2023.

The project is planned in two phases:

  • Phase I is focused on replacing our current amenities at the former high school and includes:
    • Community gathering spaces
    • A large free weight center
    • Fitness and immersive cycling studios
    • Multipurpose program spaces
    • Locker rooms
    • Kid’s Corner
    • A large gymnasium
    • An indoor track
  • Phase II will include an aquatic center and will be built when funding is available. We will work with community leaders to define how the Riverside Middle School pool and the YMCA pool will work in partnership to fully meet the community’s aquatic needs. 

The goal for the public phase of the Capital Campaign is set at $1.7 million to complete Phase I of the project, which has been prioritized due to the aging infrastructure of the old high school and accessibility limitations.

Want to get involved?

For more information about the campaign or to donate, please contact Taylor Walsh, Director of Development at [email protected]

Proposed Floor Plans

(subject to change)

In the News...

November 16th, 2023
YMCA Announces Public Phase of Capital Campaign for New YMCA (Watertown Daily Times)

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