The Doylestown YMCA is officially under construction after a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday morning. It marks the beginning of a significant expansion for YMCA Bucks, and makes the total revitalization of the Fairless Hills branch more than a far off dream.

After about 18 months of work, the Doylestown branch will reopen with an additional 14,453 square feet of space. The new facility will have a larger fitness center, an additional universal locker room, and more space for programs. As a cherry on top, the construction should not interfere with any current activities.

Photo via YMCA Bucks.

YMCA Bucks has worked extensively over the past year to raise money for the ambitious projects. CEO Zane Moore walked 50 miles from Quakertown to Fairless Hills in May to raise awareness for the impact YMCA Bucks makes in the community.

The Y has raised $16.3 million toward a $20 million comprehensive campaign. This funding will go toward expansion projects for the Doylestown and Fairless Hills branches, along with impact programs and financial assistance at all branches.

“We’re basically gutting it and refacing it,” YMCA Bucks CEO Zane Moore said of YMCA Fairless Hills. “This building is a lot of hallways so it will look and feel brand new.”

PA State Representatives Todd Polinchock, Meghan Schroeder, Wendi Thomas, and Perry Warren all attended. Joan Smith represented the office of State Senator Steve Santarsiero.