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Taggart Family Y

Taggart Family YMCA: Grand Opening Party September 17th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

See what's new at the Taggart Family Y:


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The Taggart Family Y is undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover. View the floorplans - ground floor and second floor.

The revitalized centre will include:
 Renovation of health, fitness and recreation space  
     - Refurbishment of the swimming pool area
 New Children and Youth Zones 
Refurbished squash and racquetball courts
Renovated lobby and locker rooms, including Men’s and Women’s Plus
     - Expanded child care space 
Improvements and expansion of Employment, Enterprise and Newcomers facilities
     - Refurbished residential tower

Construction is expected to be complete in late summer 2011. 

This is a very exciting time for the
Ottawa community, as the facility will be a special place of community and belonging, where people of all ages can take part in a variety of activities and enjoy an active living.

The expansion is part of a $15 million YMCA-YWCA Capital Campaign, called Strengthening the Heart of our Community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Taggart Family Y renovating? 

As the community continues to grow, so does the demand for Y programs and services. The revitalization of the Taggart Family Y will help us accommodate this increased need.   

The revitalization is also part of an overall organizational redevelopment plan to invest more than $35 million to modernize, refurbish and expand our facilities. 

How old is the building? 

It was built in the 1970s.

What will happen to programs and services while construction is underway? Do you expect many interruptions? 

We are committed to ensuring that our programs and services are offered with minimum disruptions during construction.
Regularly updated information will be available online and at a communications centre in the lobby.  

My children are enrolled in Y Child Care Services. What precautions are you taking to ensure their health and safety during construction?

The health and safety of Y children is our number one priority. 

The construction schedule was developed carefully to ensure the least amount of disruption possible to the child care area and the amenities used by child care services.  

Child care staff is working closely with the construction committee to get frequent updates and learn of any implications to our physical child care space and allow for time to inform parents and adjust our programming accordingly.

Will I find it difficult to find parking during construction?   

We recognize that parking can be a challenge. In late May, we began moving some of our staff parking spots off-site to help ease the demand for client/member parking.

 If you do experience challenges finding parking in the underground lot, street parking is also available on Argyle Avenue  

Where is the money coming from? Will my user fees increase?  

The expansion is part of a $35-million redevelopment plan of which $15 million will be raised as part of the Y’s Capital Campaign Strengthening the Heart of our Community. Funds raised during the campaign come from individuals, businesses and foundations.

No, user fees will not increase as a result of this project. As with everything else, Y fees may increase over time due to inflation, etc.

Are there any other projects that will benefit from the Y’s Capital Campaign? 

Yes. The Capital Campaign is currently supporting the revitalization of the Ruddy Family Centre Y (formerly the Orleans Y) and the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Centre. 

How can I help? Where can I give? 

We're almost there! As of late January 2011, we have reached 75% of our $15 million goal. We are now seeking contributions from the community. Click here to learn more about how you can help.

I have more questions. Where can I get additional information?  

Health, Fitness and Recreation inquiries:
Rob Adams, Regional Director – Metro Central Y
613.237.1320 ext. 7521
Email me

Child Care inquiries:
Mona Rowland, Manager - Child Care Services
613.237.1320 ext. 5146 
Email me

Neighbourhood Day Camp inquiries:
Rob Adams, Regional Director – Metro Central Y
613.237.1320 ext. 7521 
Email me

Employment, Enterprise and Newcomer Service inquiries:
Joel Walker, Senior Director – Employment, Enterprise and Newcomer Services
613.237.1320 ext. 2315
Email me

Housing and Accommodation inquiries:
Judy Perley, Senior Director – Housing Services
613.237.1320 ext. 5092
Email me