Community Celebrates New Canaan YMCA Groundbreaking

Craig Panzano, Executive Director of the New Canaan YMCA, kicked off the ceremony by welcoming the community, sharing his thanks to donors, and discussing the impact this new facility will have on the community. “New Canaan is a great place but this is going to make it even more special,” said Panzano. Peter Skaperdas, President of the New Canaan YMCA Board of Directors further elaborated on the Y’s vision for a more welcoming, inclusive, and impactful community facility.

“I may be biased,” said Skaperdas, “but I think the New Canaan YMCA is the crown jewel of this community, and it will shine even brighter in 18 months when this project is done.”

This $20 million project will include brand-new and renovated locker rooms, a new full gym, a new family movement and activity center, renovated wellness areas, a new café and intergenerational space, as well as new aquatics center. The aquatics center will feature a completely renovated competition pool and a new warm pool facility. This area will provide an accessible and fun environment for families, swim lessons, and therapy swim, please a modern more accommodating facility for our lap swimmers, competitive teams, and high school swim teams. The projected is estimated to be completed in April 2017.

“We believe that a strong Y helps build a strong community,” said Skaperdas. “And, in this connection, we feel giving to the Y is one of the best ways to give back to New Canaan. There is no other place in the community where people across all generations, from a variety of different backgrounds, come together in a spirit of improving their health and well-being.”

The Y is extremely pleased with the support it has received from the community, and while successful to date, fundraising for this significant project continues. For more information on ways of giving to the New Canaan YMCA’s Capital Campaign, please contact the Financial Development Office at 203-920-1635 or visit


About the New Canaan YMCA

Founded in 1954 by a group of community volunteers, the New Canaan YMCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enrich all people in spirit, mind, and body.  As an inclusive community service organization, the YMCA turns away no one for reasons of race, religion, or economic background and last year awarded nearly $400,000 in direct financial assistance.  Serving the communities of New Canaan, Pound Ridge, and South Salem, the YMCA also strives to partner with a variety of outside organizations to further its role as a community service provider.



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