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Construction delays push back opening of new Westport Weston Family Y

Updated 5:35 pm, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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  • Construction delays will push back the planned Aug. 29 opening of the new Westport Weston Family Y at Mahackeno, officials announced Tuesday. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    Construction delays will push back the planned Aug. 29 opening of the new Westport Weston Family Y at Mahackeno, officials announced Tuesday. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The long-anticipated of the Westport Weston Family Y's new home on its Mahackeno campus will have to wait a while longer.

Y officials announced late Tuesday afternoon that the planned Aug. 29 opening of the new Y -- to be called the Bedford Family Center -- will not take place on schedule because of "unforeseen construction delays and the uncertainty of receiving the necessary permits and certifications required for the public use of the facility."

In a statement, the Y CEO Rob Reeves said, "Unfortunately, we're unable to confirm exactly when we will receive the necessary signoffs from local and state officials, which would allow us to open our pools. We don't want to open our new Y until the entire facility is ready for use by our members and guests."

A new opening date will be announced later this month, Reeves said, with the expectation that the new Y will open in early September.

Reeves said programs will continue at the downtown Family Y until the new facilities are open.

Despite the delayed opening of the new Y, the dedication and ribbon-cutting will take place as previously scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

The new 54,000-square-foot Y along the Saugatuck River has been named the Bedford Family Center in honor of the Y's founder, E.T. Bedford, and the continuing support for the Y by his descendants.

The new facilities will include a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and adjacent warm-water family/teaching/therapeutic pool; a 5,600-square-foot Wellness Center; a multi-purpose gymnasium; three group fitness studios; a child watch area; a cafe for members; five locker rooms, including one for those with dependent care, and other amenities.

The has expanded its schedule of small-group guided tours of the new building through the end of August. An online calendar listing of the tours, updated to reflect current availability, may be found at www.westporty.org in the membership section.

For more information about the new Family Y, including membership rates and policies, or to reserve a place in one of the small-group tours, contact Brian Marazzi, membership engagement director, at 203-226-8981, ext. 161, or bmarazzi@westporty.org.