‘Y’ Westwood Park facility fit for fun

Telegraph photos by GEORGE PELLETIER Julianne Northcott tries on of the YMCA’s new Nautilus machines.

NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua hosted an open house at its new 55,000-square-foot complex at 20 Northwest Blvd. in Nashua on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people from Nashua, Milford, Amherst and other communities attended and participated in various activities, ranging from basketball to badminton as well as group exercise classes with their new MX4 functional training center, games on the turf field, face painting and crafts.

The day offered new members an opportunity to join with no sign-up fee, as well as offering parents the chance to enroll their children in summer camps at the Westwood Park Y, the Nashua and Merrimack Ys and Camp Sargent.

Mike LaChance, YMCA CEO, was on hand to speak to visitors and members alike, talking about even more developments that the new Westwood YMCA has in store.

“We’ve got some things that we’ll be adding over the next couple of months,” he said. “We have our wellness area, which will be added in next week. And we have a group studio coming by June 1 as well, which will feature dance classes for children, yoga, Pilates, all different types of programs.”

The YMCA also is adding new locker rooms and an outdoor aquatic center that will break ground in the fall, to be ready for Memorial Day 2020.

“Our goal is to be able to serve people of all different ages, abilities, income levels, educational levels, everybody is welcome here at the Y.”

Leslie Brady, who is an instructor at the Nashua YMCA and also teaches a class at the Merrimack Y, was busy leading a class where participants used drum sticks to “pound” to the music as they work out. She teaches a variety of classes, including Zumba, both for adults and kids, and Aqua Zumba.

“I’m just really excited that is gives us more outreach in the community,” she said. “Look at all the cools things, the basketball courts and fields. We can really do a lot of great things for the community by having a facility like this. I’m really excited about it.”