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YMCA of Central MA Set to Expand Greendale Family Branch

Friday, October 16, 2015


The YMCA of Central Massachusetts is celebrating the construction of the Greendale Family Branch. A ceremony will be held at the Branch  today at 10 a.m. on 75 Shore Park Drive.

The Greendale Family Branch consists of two large swimming pools, a four foot therapeutic pool, kds climbing and crawling gyms and more. 

The branch will be adding a family splash pad, an outdoor water playground for children of all ages, an expanded wellness center and tennis upgrades. 

Two large swimming poolsprovide swimming lessons and activities for all. The Seniors are offered the use of the 4-foot deep therapeutic pool.

Parents and preschoolers have lots of fun climbing and crawling in the specially designed Kids Gym.  Teens enjoy fun and physical activity in their teen center. One can always schedule individual or group personal training sessions, take and exercise class and plug into the computer monitor for “fitness on demand”. 

This branch also has six indoor clay tennis courts, staffed with a highly skilled and professional tennis instructor – private lessons are available. And if that’s not enough, join in on a pick-up basketball game in the gymnasium.

The Greendale Family Branch Community is expanding and the projects include:

·       Family Splash Pad: An outdoor water playground that will entertain children of all ages, connect families together and provide a fun and friendly environment to enjoy on warm days of summer.

·       Expanded Wellness Center: an addition to the current Wellness Central with a new functional training zone to offer diverse and innovative fitness programs for people of all ages to meet their fitness goals.  

·       TENNIS UPGRADES: Reinvesting in your tennis experience and supporting the next generation of tennis players makes the Y great tennis destination.

·       Construction will also include lobby revitalization, refreshed locker rooms and bathrooms.

“For six and a half decades, the Greendale Family Branch has strengthened the community. The 150th Anniversary Capital Campaign will continue our legacy of impact through significant reinvestment,” said Kathryn Zingg Hunter, President/CEO of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. “Join us as we break ground to transform Greendale… inside and out, she continued.


The YMCA of Central Massachusetts is one of the nation's leading non profits that is strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 


Related Slideshow: The 25 Wealthiest Cities & Towns in Central Massachusetts

GoLocalWorcester looked at the 2010 Census figures for every city and town to rank Central Massachusetts’ 25 wealthiest cities and towns based on median family income. Check out where the top 25 cities are in the slideshow below.

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25. Uxbridge

Population: 13,457

Median Household Income: $81,127

During the Revolutionary War, Deborah Sampson, a woman posing as a male soldier, enlisted in the Continental Army as "Robert Shurtlieff of Uxbridge". A minister kept her secret, and she was later honored as a heroine by the Massachusetts legislature.

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24. Rutland

Population: 2,111

Median Household Income: $81,295

Rutland is the geographic center of Massachusetts. A tree, the Central Tree, located on Central Tree Road, marks the spot.

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23. Hubbardston

Population: 3,909

Median Household Income: $82,443

In 1786, Hubbardston residents marched to Worcester and, joining hundreds of other farmers, took control of the courthouse to protest the foreclosures and seizures of property by creditors that occurred during the late 1700's.

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22. New Braintree

Population: 927

Median Household Income: $85,417

The town's only restaurant, Reed's Country Store, has been owned and operated by the same couple since 1977. It has been a central town gathering point for years.

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21. Shrewsbury

Population: 35,608

Median Household Income: $85,697

Shrewsbury is the birthplace to "The Pill". The Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury was the research facility where the oral contraceptive pill was first developed. It is now part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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20. Douglas

Population: 8,471

Median Household Income: $86,214

General Lafayette, of France, stopped here during the Revolutionary War, on his way to Boston to join General Washington's Army.

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19. Lunenberg

Population: 10,086

Median Household Income: $86,568

Lunenburg was first settled in 1718 and was officially incorporated in 1728. The name comes from one of tKing George II's titles, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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18. Charlton

Population: 11,263

Median Household Income: $87,758

John "Grizzly" Adams is buried here, in Bay Path Cemetery.

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17. Boylston

Population: 4,355

Median Household Income: $88,214

Boylston was first settled around 1706. The residents petitioned to form a local town and government, but the William Shirley, British colonial Governor of Massachusetts,denied their request since he wanted to keep the number of towns to a minimum in order to restrict popular representation.

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16. Holden

Population: 15,621

Median Household Income: $88,405

Holden was founded in 1741, and the Town Square was donated by John Hancock, former Governor of Massachusetts, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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15. Grafton

Population: 14,894

Median Household Income: $91,743

Incorporated in 1735, Grafton is the home of the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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14. Berlin

Population: 2866

Median Household Income: $92,917

Berlin was first settled in 1665 and was officially incorporated in 1812.

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13. Westborough

Population: 4,045

Median Household Income: $96,069

Westborough is home to numerous hiking trails, and Lake Chauncy, a popular swimming, boating, and fishing location.

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12. Hopedale

Population: 5,907

Median Household Income: $97,227

Joe Perry, guitarist from the band Aerosmith, was raised in Hopedale.

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11. Paxton

Population: 4,806

Median Household Income: $100,333

Paxton was first settled in 1749 and was officially incorporated in 1765. Charles Paxton, marshal of the Admiralty Court, offered a church bell to the town if it was named after him. No such gift was ever made, however.

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10. Sterling

Population: 7,257

Median Household Income: $102,115

Sterling is the setting of the famous poem, "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Mary Sawyer, the subject of the poem, lived in Sterling. 

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9. Mendon

Population: 5,286

Median Household Income: $102,625

Mendon is the home to Southwick's Zoo, the largest zoo in Massachusetts, as well as the Mendon Twin Drive-In, one of only three drive-in theaters left in Massachusetts.

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8. Princeton

Population: 3,353

Median Household Income: $102,853

Princeton is the home of Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

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7. Northborough

Population: 14,013

Median Household Income: $102,969

Northborough is the hometown of Daniel B. Wesson, co-founder of the Smith & Wesson gun manufacturing company.

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6. Sutton

Population: 8,963

Median Household Income: $105,164

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Sutton was a town that had farms and orchards in the area as well as three large mills. The town is part of the historic Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

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5. Upton

Population: 7,542

Median Household Income: $107,950

Upton is the hometown of Eli Whitney, inventor of the Cotton Gin.

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4. Hopkinton

Population: 13,346

Median Household Income: $120,240

Hopkinton garners attention every April as it hosts the starting line of the Boston Marathon. In 2009, Money magazine ranked Hopkinton as the 19th best place to live in the US.

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3. Bolton

Population: 4,148

Median Household Income: $125,741

Bolton was mentioned often in "Father of Modern Horror" H.P. Lovecraft's works: as a setting in his “Herbert West — Reanimator”, and also mentioned in “The Colour out of Space” and “The Rats in the Walls”.

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2. Southborough

Population: 9,767

Median Household Income: $140,184

Southborough placed #31 in the nation on CNN Money's "100 Best Places to Live" in 2009. 

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1. Harvard

Population: 5,981

Median Household Income: $141,274

Harvard is known for its well-performing public schools, with its students consistently ranking in the state's top ten in both English and math. More than 97% of its graduates go on to college.


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