Northfield Learns More about YMCA Tuesday with Open House

The YMCA of Northfield takes another step forward with an open house at First National Bank, its future neighbor, Tuesday.

The dream of a new YMCA facility in Northfield moves ever-closer with an open house and exchange of ideas, set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the First National Bank of Northfield's second floor room, 1611 Honey Locust Drive. 

Nearly a year to the date after the sign was erected on the future home of the "Y," residents, families and business owners can gather Tuesday to discuss topics such as: 
  • How can the Y help your business?
  • How can the Y help attract employees?
  • What impact will the Y have on our business community?
  • Can the Y support your employee health plans?
The long road to the new YMCA has been spearheaded by several community members, including coordinator Virginia Kaczmarekt, who told the Northfield News earlier this month that a new facility and community center for Northfield is a "big, big deal." 

It provides those who aren't college aged, or seniors, or members of traveling teams or other clubs, a new gathering space for fun and activity in Northfield. It reaches beyond school and into the community, she added, filling a void.

"What’s missing is a community center. A place where anyone and everyone is welcome. The Y will be that place," she wrote. 

The new Y will be funded entirely by donations. Pledges and gifts so far total $5.2 million, Kaczmarek told Patch earlier this month. The facility is expected to cost $8 million to $9 million.

The construction of the new Northfield Area Family YMCA officially started on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 1500 Honey Locust Drive. 

The Y is expected to open in fall 2014.

For more information, please visit the Y's website, contact a Y volunteer, or  call Virginia Kaczmarek at 507-301-2653


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