Downtown Oshkosh YMCA celebrates a new look

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - The new year comes with a new look for the YMCA in downtown Oshkosh. The facility, first built in the 1960s, is celebrating more than $16 million in renovations.

“People are cross-trainers, people are trying to get back into working out, it's just a really non-judgmental community, and that's why I really like the Y,” said Emily Bollman, a YMCA member.

The newly-renovated, two-story facility adds to other recent projects in downtown Oshkosh.

“The new living spaces and the Howard across the street, and it's going to really transform the whole area and we're really proud to be part of that,” said Tom Blaze, President/CEO of YMCA Oshkosh.

The nearly $16.5 million project has been funded by corporate dollars and community members.

It's complete with a new gym and even a new teaching kitchen where you can learn how to cook up some healthy meals.

“The new Y is going to enable us to almost double the size of our childcare, it's going to enable us to add a running track downtown where we didn't have one before, we now have four exercise studios instead of just one, we'll have more multi-purpose space for programs,” said Blaze.

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