West Cook YMCA


EXPLORing the FEASIBILITY OF a NEW FACILITY

At the 2019 Annual Gala, held April 27, 2019, Phillip Jimenez, President/CEO announced that the West Cook YMCA in partnership with the Proviso Mental Health Commission has created an exploratory committee to determine the viability of building a new West Cook YMCA Association facility at the Old Menards located at 8311 North Avenue in Melrose Park.

The proposed site allows the West Cook YMCA to more centrally serve all ten communities in its service area including Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Bellwood, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Maywood, River Grove, and Stone Park. The West Cook YMCA will continue provide the same programs that we all have come to expect while also providing a comprehensive approach to population health through partnerships and collaborations to provide preventative care, primary care, and specialty care all from one facility. The facility at 255 N. Marion in Oak Park will not be negatively impacted. The Y will continue to look for ways to improve the Oak Park facility.

One aspect of our future vision is crystal clear, the West Cook YMCA will continue to stand with our neighbors from every zip code, every socio-economic group, every age from early childhood through retirement. Your voice is important to us as we explore the viability of this new location. It is during this phase that your feedback, through either community stakeholder focus groups or member feasibility surveys, will help us address the needs and wants of the communities we serve.

MEDIA INQUIRIES AND QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE PROJECT, Contact Phillip Jimenez, West Cook YMCA President/CEO at phillip@westcookymca.org


OUR TIMELINE

Initiative Expected Due Date Status
Sign Purchase Agreement  April 2019 Complete
Announce Exploratory Committee  April 2019 Complete
Member Feasibility Survey  June 2019 Complete
Community Stakeholder Focus Groups  July 2019 In Progress
Environmental Study  July 2019 In Progress

your voice matters.

Community Stakeholder Focus Groups

We are looking for insight and feedback from community members such as yourself as our committee explores the viability of opening a location in Melrose Park, IL on North Avenue. Each session will be moderated by Jessica Bullock, Lead Consultant, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, AltruNext.  

Session  Date Day Time Location
Session One July 23, 2019 Tuesday  7:00 pm

West Cook YMCA | 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park

Session Two in Spanish July 24, 2019 Wednesday  7:00 pm Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 Administrative Building | 906 Walton St., Melrose Park
Session Three in English July 25, 2019 Thursday  7:00 pm Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 Administrative Building | 906 Walton St., Melrose Park
Session Four July 30, 2019 Tuesday 7:00 pm Forest Park Middle School Library | 925 Beloit Ave., Forest Park
Session Five in Spanish August 1, 2019 Thursday 6:00 pm Amita Health Center | 1414 Main St., Melrose Park
Session Six for Older Adults August 2, 2019 Friday 11:00 am Proviso Township Mental Health Commission | 4565 Harrison St., Third Floor, Hillside
Session Seven for Aquatics September 10, 2019 Tuesday 6:00 pm West Cook YMCA | 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park
Session Eight for Older Adults September 16, 2019 Monday 10:00 am West Cook YMCA | 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park