The early stages of potential expansion of the Andover YMCA Community Center are in discussions at regular Andover City Council Meetings. They are talking about expanding the center and the Andover Community Center Advisory Commission even toured the facility on February 24th.
The Mayor believes the center is not only a place for recreation, but also very important to the area's economic development. She stated that many people have mentioned they decided to move to Andover because of the center.
The community center is 10 years old and expansion is quickly becoming a need. It was first opened in November of 2004 with a single ice rink, while the rest of the complex opened in the summer of 2005.
The Andover Youth Huskies Hockey Association is really pushing for the expansion. They have been advocates since the beginning because there could be another rink added to the center. Other expansion talks include another court for basketball and volleyball.
The YMCA themselves believe adding more multipurpose space that can be used for multiple activities makes the most space.
Currently, the city is considering hiring a consultant to draft a master plan. The long-term plan may include additions for a teen center, a larger Fieldhouse, another hockey rink and even a dome with indoor turf. All of these additions are being considered for the Andover YMCA.
It won't be happening any time in the very near future, as the financing would take about two years to figure out. However, the 2015-2019 Andover Capital Improvement Plan has $3 million noted in 2017 for community center expansion. This would be the opportune time to start an expansion.
With both the ice rink and the Fieldhouse very busy with youth sports, there's a need for expansion. Over half the hours rented for both of these parts of the facility are for organized sports. With expansion of the center more time may be freed up for the general public and leagues may be able to expand.