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Gov. Healey visits YMCA Cape Cod

June 12th, 2024

BARNSTABLE — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced today at the YMCA of Cape Cod that 16 school districts are receiving $3.4 million to support their efforts to expand access to affordable high-quality preschool through the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (CPPI). Nine currently participating districts will be expanding their efforts, adding 32 preschool classrooms, representing an additional 488 seats across public schools, family child care, YMCAs, Head Start and other community-based preschool programs. Further, the administration is awarding a first round of new grants to: Fitchburg, Quincy, Pittsfield, Worcester, Barnstable, Wareham, and the Gateway Regional School District that includes seven rural communities in Western Massachusetts.

Read the full story from, here


Housing, Farming And Outdoor Recreation Highlighted As CPC Funding Needs

May 22nd, 2024

By NOELLE ANNONEN – May 14, 2024 – Read the full article from The Falmouth Enterprise, here.


YMCA Site Tour
This bird’s-eye rendering of the proposed YMCA building in Falmouth shows some of the planned outdoor activity spaces at the bottom of the image. The YMCA is seeking Community Preservation Funds for these spaces. GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE

The Falmouth Community Preservation Committee was urged last week to continue funding affordable housing even after the town reaches “safe harbor” in order to help preserve land for farmland and housing for farmers and to assist the YMCA in building outdoor recreation areas at its proposed facility in town.

The ideas were presented during the committee’s annual needs assessment hearing last Thursday, May 9.

The committee holds a needs assessment each year to learn from the public what priorities it should consider in the coming year. The committee could choose to support funds for some of those priorities without the need for a formal funding request. All funding must be approved by Town Meeting.

Affordable Housing

Laura M. Moynihan, executive director and in-house counsel for the Falmouth Housing Trust, stressed the urgency for Falmouth to continue building affordable housing, even after the town reaches safe harbor status. Under state law, the town can claim safe harbor from Chapter 40B affordable housing developments, and gain a greater ability to deny these projects, once 10 percent of its total housing stock is designated as affordable.

“People may feel when we reach safe harbor, the crisis is gone,” Ms. Moynihan said. But she argued that the town’s housing problem will be far from over. “It’s starting to sound a little bit like a broken record. It’s important anyway.”

Ms. Moynihan laid out the statistics: the median price of a Falmouth home is now more than $700,000, which requires more than $200,000 in income for a household to afford. Meanwhile, the average income in Barnstable County is just over $122,000.

“That’s just out of reach for our workforce,” Ms. Moynihan said.

She added that much of the town’s affordable housing is age restricted for seniors and workforce families will not be able to live in them.

The housing production plan found that only 18 percent of households in Falmouth consist of one or more wage earners under age 45, which is lower than the state average of 38 percent. When the town loses more people in this demographic, it loses its workforce, Ms. Moynihan said, adding some might feel it is fine for workforce families to move off Cape and commute from there. But that lifestyle will not last forever. Eventually, she pointed out, working parents will want to stay closer to their own communities where their children attend school.

Ms. Moynihan said rental rates are rising as landlords invest in “luxury” apartments. Luxury apartments, she said, are appealing to the proverbial “snowbird,” who might have historically bought a house in Falmouth but now finds renting a nice apartment for only part of the year is more economical due to high prices and property taxes. She argued that luxury apartments and their accompanying rates would box out workforce families, since they would not be able to afford either a home or the rent for a luxury apartment.

Since 2005, the community preservation committee has spent 23.8 percent of the funds it allocated on affordable housing. This is second only to the 39.1 percent it spent on land bank debt. But Ms. Moynihan asked the committee to do more by considering a goal of funding the creation of 80 units a year for the next five years for a total of 400 units.

“It can’t just be the CPC,” committee acting chairwoman Sandra Cuny said.

Ms. Moynihan agreed, adding that she wanted to reiterate the need for affordable housing and that the crisis will not disappear whenever Falmouth achieves safe harbor with the state.

Housing For Farmers

Farming Falmouth President Ellie Costa and Vice President Kristi Frazier presented conceptual plans to preserve six acres of land near Falmouth High School for both agriculture and housing, but housing specifically for farmers. Ms. Costa said Farming Falmouth would like to own the land and lease it to growers who would live on site while tending to their crops.

The pair would not reveal the precise location of the six acres since negotiations for its purchase are still underway, but Ms. Costa stressed that the idea is to use CPC funds to preserve most of the land as open space for agriculture. The site might potentially be open to recreation via trails, she said, but it would also serve as an educational hub so that the public can learn from new farming practices.

“We need to embrace local agriculture,” Ms. Costa said. “And protect land for farmers, providing access for affordable land for the next generations.”

Ms. Costa pointed out that the Falmouth Service Center is providing food to more and more families as grocery prices climb and said that many town children rely on free meal programs. Protecting Falmouth’s open space specifically for agriculture could help address that problem, she said.

Throughout the course of the previous century, farming was generally founded on the “get big or get out” idea, Ms. Costa said. But nowadays, she said, younger generations of farmers are bringing back the idea of small farms. The idea is to make the most of small areas; producing big on small plots of land. She said one Falmouth farmer was able to produce 2,400 pounds of food on one acre of land, adding that much of Farming Falmouth’s produce is donated to the Falmouth Service Center.

Farming Falmouth representatives did not have a specific figure for how much money they might need for the project, since negotiations are still ongoing.

Outdoor Recreation At The YMCA

Plans to build a YMCA near Falmouth High School are well underway. PJ Richardson, chief financial development officer for YMCA Cape Cod, presented an idea for outdoor recreation spaces on the land.

The YMCA is set to build a 68,000-square-foot, $35 million facility at 485 Brick Kiln Road. Mr. Richardson said part of the project might be eligible for community preservation funds.

Mr. Richardson said staff are planning to create age-appropriate outdoor recreation and activity spaces near the building. Those areas would range from a playground for children to a hang out space for teenagers to a park-like area for seniors to socialize or, he said, play chess at outdoor tables. People would not have to have a YMCA membership to use the outdoor spaces, Mr. Richardson said, although the YMCA would work to make memberships affordable for people in the community.

Community preservation committee member Michael Stone asked how much money the committee might be asked to provide. Mr. Richardson said it would depend on how much money the YMCA can raise, but he guessed the YMCA could use as much as $2.5 million for the outdoor spaces.

“That’s a win-win,” Ms. Cuny said. “This has been a long time coming.”

CHC Partners with YMCA

October 25th, 2022

Community Health Center, Cape Cod YMCA Partner On Upper Cape Project

Community Health Center and YMCA Cape Cod announced their collaboration on the Upper Cape YMCA building project being planned on Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth, at the rear parcel of Christ Lutheran Church. The facility will include aquatics, wellness, teen/intergenerational, youth and family programs and services. The facility will also include space for Community Health Center to ensure that all people will have access to programs and services that focus on health, prevention and wellness, and reducing the incidence of chronic illness. Read more at  

The Bourne Enterprise

Community Health Center Partners with YMCA

YMCA Cape Cod will include in its upcoming Upper Cape YMCA building project being planned on Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth, space for Community Health Center to provide people access to programs and services that focus on health, prevention and wellness, and reducing the incidence of chronic illness. Read the full article here

The Mashpee Enterprise

CHC, YMCA Partner on Upper Cape

Community Health Center and YMCA Cape Cod announced their collaboration on the Upper Cape YMCA building project being planned on Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth at the rear parcel of Christ Lutheran Church. The facility will include aquatics, wellness, teen/ intergenerational, youth and family programs and services. The facility will also include space for Community Health Center to ensure that all people will have access to programs and services that focus on health, prevention and wellness, and reducing the incidence of chronic illness  Read the full article here

YMCA Cape Cod Close To Starting Formal Permitting Stage For Falmouth Facility

March 14th, 2022

YMCA Cape Cod Close To Starting Formal Permitting Stage For Falmouth Facility

ymca locus
An aerial view of the proposed Upper Cape YMCA building in Falmouth shows the driveway coming in from Brick Kiln Road, passing by Christ Lutheran Church buildings and opening up to a view of the proposed 50,000-square-foot building that includes a pool, a group exercise space, children and youth space and multi-purpose program space. Image is courtesy of Green Seal Environmental/YMCA Cape Cod.

The formal permitting process for the Upper Cape YMCA envisioned on Brick Kiln Road has not yet begun, but the parties are preparing to begin that process soon.

“It’s coming along very nicely,” said Stacie Peugh, chief executive of YMCA Cape Cod. Preliminary meetings have been held with town permitting authorities, and with the Y’s engineers and architects. “We are learning what the permitting authorities will require of us through the process.”

The Y announced in December 2019 that it had signed a purchase and sale agreement to buy the 7.1-acre site from Christ Lutheran Church.

A schematic design has been put out for cost estimating, with feedback from six different contractors so far. The project cost is estimated to be between $25 and $30 million for a building of approximately 50,000 square feet, which includes a pool, a group exercise space and an open fitness space, she said.

“We are working on a fabulous list of key community leaders who will lead the capital campaign to raise the money,” Ms. Peugh said, estimating the capital campaign would take two years. The project remains on schedule to break ground in January 2024, with a construction phase of 18 to 24 months.

In mid-February, the town had a meeting with town planners via Zoom, said Greg Wirsen, the project engineer with Green Seal Environmental of Sagamore Beach. Some conceptual plans were presented, and the YMCA team was advised on how to proceed through the town planning process. “It was a productive meeting,” Mr. Wirsen said.


Review To Come From Cape Cod Commission

Because the proposed building is more than 10,000 square feet, it kicks off an assessment by the Cape Cod Commission. The Upper Cape YMCA team is assembling a package for the commission to review, prior to the formal submission to the town planning board. It will have site plans and a presentation that can be shared with the commission’s technical staff.

“Then we can have a meeting where they give us some insight and input on the draft plans we have now,” Mr. Wirsen said, adding, “Our goal is to incorporate recommendations from the Cape Cod Commission, coupled with recommendations from the Town of Falmouth, and submit an application to the planning board. That referral begins the process of developing a regional impact statement for the Cape Cod Commission. Once we go through them, we take it back to the town for local permitting.”

He estimated the application to the planning board could come in April.

Asked about assessing the traffic impact, Mr. Wirsen said a traffic engineering firm had just been retained, and it is working on calculating the number of trips, based in part on data collected from other Y facilities.

Asked where the driveway to the site off Brick Kiln Road would be located, Mr. Wirsen said to the east of the Christ Lutheran Church buildings, which will remain in place, and to the west of the subdivision development being built on the adjoining site. That is the Village at Brick Kiln, which will have 32 single-family houses, with eight earmarked as affordable.


Site Opens Up Down Long Driveway

After visitors traveling the driveway pass by the church, “Suddenly the site opens up, and we can draw people in with an engaging design,” said Jen Hocherman, associate principal with SV Design of Beverly and Chatham, which was announced in July 2021 as the architectural firm awarded the contract to design the facility. “Once you park your car and walk up, you will see the breadth of services the YMCA offers. It will be an engaging place for the community.”

The lobby space will have a double ceiling height, with a railing on the second floor overlooking the lobby. The wellness center will be on the second floor. The pool will be visible at the far end of the front lobby. Planned spaces include a wellness center incorporating a group exercise space, an open exercise studio, an Adventure Room for older children and a Child Watch space for younger children to stay while their mothers and fathers are taking a class or working out.


Longtime Effort To Get Pool In Falmouth

The initiative to bring a YMCA to Falmouth and the Upper Cape began about 10 years ago when a group of Falmouth residents named Falmouth Wants a Y—now a committee of the YMCA’s board—approached the Mid-Cape YMCA with its vision. The group has since raised more than $100,000 to pay for market and fundraising feasibility studies and other preplanning expenses.

The design specifics are being worked on, but the aquatics program at the proposed YMCA in Falmouth will accommodate traditional lap swimming, exercise classes and recreation for all ages, and space for equipment supporting those programs to be stored, Ms. Hocherman said.

She described the team Stacie Peugh has assembled to work on the Upper Cape YMCA project as “multidisciplinary,” with each participant bringing his or her own expertise to the project. On its website, SV Design emphasizes “collaborative design” that combines architecture, interior design and landscape design.

The project will require site plan review by the planning board and a special permit from the zoning board of appeals. Typically, the planning board goes first. The project will automatically be referred to the Cape Cod Commission, which conducts a review of projects with a regional impact. “When they are done, they issue a decision to the town, and the town’s process starts after that,” said Falmouth Assistant Town Planner Jed Cornock, who started in his post about nine months ago after working at the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District in Taunton.

The site plan review will consider aspects such as parking, circulation, landscaping and storm water runoff. Mr. Cornock said he expects it will take from 30 to 60 days. When the planning board issues a decision, the developer requests a special permit from the ZBA.

“There is a need in town and a need on the Cape for a YMCA; it looks like a good project for the town. We’re looking forward to reviewing it,” Mr. Cornock said.

Mass Development loan

December 5th, 2021


MassDevelopment Loan Financing Helps YMCA Cape Cod Build Out New Childhood Care Center in Hyannis, Providing Room for 65 Additional Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – To view this press release in another language, click here.

November 24, 2021

Rendering of a room in the new Hyannis Village Marketplace Early Education Center, courtesy of the YMCA Cape CodMatthew Mogavero, 857-248-0868

[email protected]HYANNIS, Mass. – MassDevelopment has provided a $350,000 loan to the YMCA Cape Cod, which will use proceeds to construct a new 5,314-square-foot early childhood care center, named the Hyannis Village Marketplace Early Education Center, in the building it leases at 261 Stevens St. in Hyannis. The build-out will expand the YMCA’s existing childhood care program to serve 65 additional children. The $1.7 million project is also supported by a $1 million Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Grant and an additional $350,000 in donations and contributions.


“Access to reliable, quality childcare is vital to the wellbeing of our children and necessary for parents who are returning to work,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, who serves as chair of MassDevelopment’s Board of Directors. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with organizations like YMCA Cape Cod to ensure that childcare is an essential component of the Commonwealth’s economic recovery.”


“Families and local economies are held back when there is a lack of affordable childcare in the community,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “MassDevelopment is proud to play a role in helping the YMCA Cape Cod build out a new childhood care center that will address a critical shortage on the Cape by welcoming 65 additional children through its doors.”


“The availability of affordable and quality child care is critically important to support Barnstable’s working parents and their young children,” said Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells. “We applaud the YMCA for recognizing and responding to this urgent community need, and for all of their organization’s valuable contributions to Barnstable’s quality of life.”


Founded in 1966, the YMCA Cape Cod has spent more than 50 years serving the most pressing community and social needs of various towns across Cape Cod, from delivering affordable early childhood education, to offering teen leadership and career development opportunities, to teaching more children than any other organization on the Cape how to swim. The YMCA currently provides childcare and associated services to approximately 202 children through seven early education centers throughout Barnstable, Brewster, Falmouth, and Harwich.


“At the Y, we take immense pride in our work to strengthen communities and support everyone to grow into being their best selves,” said YMCA Cape Cod President and CEO Stacie Peugh. “We are excited to build upon our early education offerings in Hyannis by welcoming hundreds more children and families, expanding on our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and growing as a positive fixture in the community. The ability to be in the center of the community we serve is a powerful symbol of our mission. Everything the Y does is in service to ensuring people and communities thrive. We can’t wait to bring that purpose to the Hyannis Village Marketplace Early Education Center.”


MassDevelopment, the state’s development finance agency and land bank, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2021, MassDevelopment financed or managed 416 projects generating investment of more than $1.86 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are estimated to create or support 6,578 jobs and build or preserve 1,909 housing units.

Reciprocity To Remain Paused Until July 5, 2021

May 9th, 2021
For years, YMCA Cape Cod has been proud to give our members the opportunity to use Y locations throughout the Commonwealth. We firmly believe that if you are a member of one Y, you are a member of all Ys. Early last year the pandemic forced us to suspend this unique reciprocity agreement. As of May 29, 2021 YMCAs in Massachusetts were allowed to open to their full capacity, although safety regulations continue to vary significantly in each community. With that in mind,  YMCA Cape Cod will reinstate reciprocity on July 5, 2021. In the interim, when possible, Ys may allow for the utilization of day passes, but members should confirm policies at each facility in advance of arrival. We appreciate your ongoing patience, and as always, we thank you for being a part of our Y family.

Children’s Crossings Child Care Program nominated for the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Unsung Hero Award

December 18th, 2020

The YMCA Cape Cod is glad to announce that the staff of Children’s Crossings Child Care Program have been nominated for the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Unsung Hero Award: Celebrating the Strength of Our Communities.

This special award for 2020 is an honorary recognition of individuals and organizations that have made a difference in improving the lives of others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipients of this award include the frontline workers that we have depended on to provide daily assistance and necessities, giving us outlets for normalcy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Often overlooked and not publicly recognized, they provide our communities essential goods and services to help meet our basic needs for food, shelter, personal care and well-being. They include volunteers and helpful neighbors freely giving time and talent for community service and lower wage employees that go above and beyond their duties to serve the public. These are members of the community who have always been essential to holding America together day to day. We could not function without them during the pandemic or otherwise.

We could not be more proud of our amazing staff! Congratulations!


YMCA Cape Cod and Project Bread ensure food access for low-income students Free Grab & Go Meals available at 8 sites for 18 and under

August 6th, 2020

West Barnstable, Mass. –

As the Commonwealth adjusts to COVID-19 restrictions, YMCA Cape Cod, in partnership with Project Bread, has adapted existing programs to ensure Cape Cod children and families can continue accessing needed resources in the context of a global pandemic.

Stacie Peugh, YMCA Cape Cod CEO observes, “As food insecurity rises sharply due to COVID-19, many families are looking for additional resources to access food. In Massachusetts, 1 in 5 children are now experiencing food insecurity, nearly doubling pre-pandemic numbers. Federal unemployment benefits may also expire soon, leaving many communities worried about an influx of families looking for support. We are excited to be able to meet this need in our communities thanks to this partnership.”

In Barnstable, Sandwich, & Falmouth, YMCA Cape Cod has been providing summer meals since June, and has served more than 260 children per day between the organization’s eight sites.

Locally, there are eight meal sites.
Packaged meals are provided in a family grab and go style outside.

  • Cromwell Court, 168 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, MA 02601, Meals served M-F, 12-1pm 
  • Faith Assembly, 154 Bearses Way, Hyannis MA 02601, Meals served Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30pm (distribution for 7 days-worth of meals) 
  • Camp Lyndon, 117 Stowe Road, Sandwich MA 02563, Meals served M-F during camp hours 
  • Village Green Apartments, 767 Independence Dr., Hyannis MA 02601 
  • Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street Barnstable MA 02630, Meals served Wednesdays from 12-1pm 
  • Camp 132, 2245 Iyannough Rd. West Barnstable MA 02668, Meals served M-F from 12-1pm 
  • YMCA Cape Cod Lyndon P Lorusso Early Education Center, 2245 Iyannough Rd West Barnstable during camp hours 
  • YMCA Cape Cod Falmouth Day Camp, 113 Lakeview Ave. Falmouth during camp hours

Any child 18 and under can receive a meal and no registration or ID is required. Employees wear face coverings and maintain a proper safe social distance.

“Every day, I see the thrill and gratitude from children and families firsthand,” says Barbara Burgo, Food Service Coordinator for the YMCA Cape Cod. “I would like to keep that going. We will remain open through the end of August and will work to continue feeding children into the fall if schools are closed.”

YMCA Cape Cod Announces Re-opening of West Barnstable facility

July 14th, 2020

West Barnstable — In accordance with the Massachusetts Baker-Polito health and safety guidelines and re-opening plans for Phase 3, Step 1, YMCA Cape Cod facility re-opened today. The fitness center and pools will be available for YMCA Cape Cod members only.  Fitness classes, which began in Phase 2, will remain outdoors. Summer Camps and Early Education Centers began opening in stages on June 22 and are now all open. These programs have all been operating without incident.

Operational details, hours, fees, registration information and guidelines for all services and programs are available on the Y website.  Details regarding Covid-19 safety protocols can also be viewed.

Stacie Peugh, YMCA Cape Cod President & CEO comments:

“The return to services in our facilities, albeit socially distanced, will finally begin to be ‘people to people.’ The Y Board of Directors and all staff have been active and supportive participants in the planning and physical modifications for Monday’s re-opening. We are fully prepared with plans that ensure the safest possible environment for adults, children, and families.  We are in this together and will work side by side with all stakeholders and those served to overcome the natural challenges and trepidation we all experience as each re-opening phase unfolds.  I am grateful for and proud of the YMCA Cape Cod Board and staff who make this possible as we re-open “new normal” services on July 13.”

Phase 3 Reopening Information

July 2nd, 2020

Dear Valued YMCA Cape Cod Members,

Yippee!!!  We are going to see you again VERY soon!

Today Governor Baker announced the beginning of Phase 3 on Monday, July 6th.  “Gyms” may reopen in Phase 3 (although we are MUCH MORE THAN A GYM…).


The YMCA Cape Cod must receive and comply with gym and pool regulations prior to re-opening.  We know some regulations will require us to make some significant changes to our look and your experience.  We’ve been anticipating these but we still need time to make the exact changes, train staff, schedule staff, and so much more!

We are aiming to RE-OPEN on MONDAY, July 13, 2020!  We will send you an email filled with details about what to expect at the YMCA Cape Cod when we are ready to open.  Stay tuned…!!!!

Thank you for “STAYING WITH US” during these challenging times!

Be well in spirit, mind, and body!