Hammond Destination YMCA: 2021


  • $45 million destination YMCA
  • 110,000 square feet with an Outdoor Waterpark

The new YMCA in Hammond will benefit the community in the following ways:

  • Offer additional experiences for kids to be healthy and active, to explore interests, to grow self-confidence;
  • Provide a place for quality family time;
  • Be a safe place for kids;
  • Additional capacity and classes for kids/families to be safe around water;
  • Support families by expanding summer learning loss prevention through programs like day camp;
  • Address chronic disease by providing programs geared around water and land exercises;
  • Expand programs and services for our seniors to include low impact water and level classes;
  • Increase job opportunities—the new facility will add approximately 200 jobs

What will become of the current YMCA building?

  • We currently anticipate the current YMCA will remain a location and help serve additional members and/or offer different program opportunities than those at the destination YMCA.
  • We do anticipate a portion of our capital funds will support this next phase.
  • We will work with local community organizations and conduct a needs assessment for the plans for the current building.

What is the timeline?

  •  We hope to break ground in Spring 2022 and open the new facility in 2024.

Are you raising money to fund this project?

  • The completion of this project will require raising additional funds. The YMCA is pleased to announce an exciting match program for supporters in the community. There are many room/area sponsorships available and the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation will match your gift to help support funding for the resources needed to complete the entire project. If you are interested in helping create this life-changing YMCA for our community through a matching gift, please contact Jay Buckmaster (CEO of Crossroads YMCA) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 219.235.9768.

Will you raise membership rates to fund this project?

  • The project is being funded by very generous donors who believe in the work the Y does to impact kids & families in Hammond and North Lake County. Membership rates are looked at each year, but we are not planning an increase at this time.

Are the plans/drawings shown the final plans?

  • No, these are concept plans at this time. We are still working through the details and will keep members informed as we go along.

Special thanks to: 

  • City of Hammond through Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the city’s Redevelopment Commission
  • Dean & Barbara White Family Foundation