Ribbon Cut On Health And Wellness Center Expansion At Dodge County YMCA

(Beaver Dam) The ribbon was cut Monday on a new expansion of the YMCA of Dodge County’s Health and Wellness Center. The project, which will increase the usable fitness center space by 31-percent, was significantly funded by the Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation.

The group awarded the YMCA of Dodge County a $500-thousand-dollar grant. Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam President Angelia Foster says they are always looking to help out worthwhile projects.

“The Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation as part of Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam…really is always looking to stimulate and support innovation by funding programs and organizations that are developing new ways to enhance the well-being of all of Dodge County and beyond,” says Foster. “The Y is a great partner in that.”

By adding 1,600 square feet on the second floor west of the current fitness center space, and expanding the first-floor multi-purpose area by 800 square feet, the YMCA of Dodge County now has room for 50 more pieces of state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

The Y’s Chief Executive Officer Dirk Langfoss says the Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation jumped on board immediately once the saw they scope of the project.

“They understand the importance of health in the community and this is a venue that is going to promote the health of the people of Dodge County and the number of people we can serve through these venues is incredible,” says Langfoss. “They jumped on board…they were really the founders of this…without them, this wasn’t happening.”

Langfoss called it a “miracle” to have a YMCA facility like this in the Beaver Dam community.

“And then we’re sitting here…we’re adding on a first class venue to the existing facility…truly amazing,” says Langfoss. “It is a compliment to the community. The community is just supportive of the Y and just grateful for the support that we have.”

Langfoss notes that the Health and Wellness Center has already reached its capacity to serve the current demand, and they are projecting an additional 12-percent growth this year. New programming ideas include Intro to Weightlifting, CrossFit, sports performance training, active aging classes, and more.