Many of you have already had an opportunity to experience the great facilities at the MetroWest YMCA’s Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton. And some of you have had experiences at the MetroWest YMCA’s facility in Framingham.
Over the last couple of years, leaders from the MetroWest YMCA have been exploring the possibility of another facility to directly service the Ashland/Hopkinton/Holliston area. A full-service facility would have amenities that we have talked about in Ashland including a pool and a gym. The YMCA is also a type of organization that can partner with the town’s schools, recreation programs, and senior services in a way that only enhances and not just competes with those departments.
Given this, the YMCA is looking for a community to partner with and not necessarily just a plot of land to build on. They want to go to a place that they are welcomed into, as building a YMCA requires fundraising from regular people like you and me that want to have one in their community. In short, if the community doesn’t want them there, they are not going to force their way in.
I am reaching out to see if Ashland residents would be interested in having a YMCA here. Please let me know if that is something you support or not. Alternatively, you can email me at email@example.com. Thanks for your help.
-Michael Herbert, Town Manager