The YMCA of Greater Rochester held a grand opening of the $21 million Sands Family YMCA in Canandaigua Monday morning.
The 75,000-square foot facility features three studios for group exercise, two gymnasiums – including one with turf – two pools with an indoor splash playground, an innovation station for art and STEM programming, teaching kitchen and dedicated play spaces for children and families.
More than half of the funding for the project came from the Sands Family Foundation. The $12 million donation was the largest one-time gift in Greater Rochester history.
“The impact the Sands Family YMCA will have goes beyond this incredible facility; it will be felt throughout the greater Canandaigua area,” said Ernie Lamour, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester. “Our storied tradition of service – a century’s worth – is expanding thanks to the generosity of the Sands Family Foundation. We are grateful to the Sands family and our community here that has fully embraced this transformational project. We are thrilled to be able to welcome our members home, to their new YMCA.”
Added Richard Sands, former chairman and CEO of Constellation Brands, “The Y played an integral part of my life growing up, and it all started with my parents and their admiration for the YMCA and its ability to provide for the community. They both would have been extremely proud to see this world class facility here today; I’m honored to carry on their legacy and play a role in helping to ensure the Y remains a viable part of this community for many years to come.”
In addition to a full day licensed childcare center, the Sands Family YMCA expands once again upon
the partnership between the YMCA of Greater Rochester and the University of Rochester Medical
Center, with the opening of the Mary Clark Thompson Family Practice, a primary care facility.
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