By the end of the year, Southern California will have the area’s largest and most state-of-the-art facility in its new 60,000 sq ft. Westake Village Park and YMCA 30 acre site.
Like all YMCA’s, this facility will embrace the mission of healthy living and social responsibility, but with all the newest available updates, this venue will truly be a model for these values.
A warm water therapy pool, one of two indoor pools will help serve the special needs community, along with special needs locker rooms. In fact, the upcoming May 11 Triunfo Golf Tournament at the Moorpark Country Club will raise funds for the special needs changing area and locker rooms at the Westlake Village Park and YMCA.
There will also be a Veteran Memorial in the large outdoor park area, dedicated to all the Armed Forces.
To further promote exercise and fitness, there are plans for two lighted synthetic turf baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, a skateboard park and jogging and walking paths outdoors.
Dole CEO and billionaire, David Murdock who lives in the area, likes to have his hands in local development such as at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village and Sherwood Country Club. He began the YMCA funding with $1 million of his money and $1 million from Dole. Since then his contribution has grown to $21 million dollars of a $54 million dollar project.
“David Murdoch has been incredible through the process,” says executive director of the Triunfo YMCA, Ronnie Stone.
At a recent fundraising event, Murdock, who turns 92 in April, pledged to match dollar-for-dollar on the final $12 million home stretch, promising the finest facility anywhere “for any age, even someone my age.”
Stone says the Dole Interactive Learning Center and Cafe was a vision of Murdock’s.
“It will be a place where someone can be to learn about health education, eating healthy or just sit in a comfortable environment and enjoy the beautiful facility,” Stone says.
The Interactive Center will consist of three rooms. The cafe area, will have a large open window to watch the children below.
Indoors there will also be a 5,000 sq. ft. multipurpose room, a basketball gymnasium and a fitness center.
Stone says the fitness equipment will be the newest, latest and greatest machines available from an Italian provider called Technogym.
“What is unique to this is it will be the hub of healthy living for the entire region,” says Janice Wise, public relations & development director, Southeast Ventura County YMCA. “The mothers who have to drive their kids to sports will be able to go in and work out themselves if they want to.”
Stone believes this complex will become a place to visit from all over Southern California.
“It will be the cornerstone of this area,” Stone says.
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