Ground Breaking Ceremony

It was a chilly day, and we want to thank everyone who came out and braved the cold to be with us on this exciting and important milestone in the project.

We had several speakers at the ceremony, representing the YMCA and the Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority, share what the project means to them and the community. We want to thank Kimberly Armitage, Vice President of Strategic Growth and Membership for the YMCA of Metro Denver, Sue Glass, President and CEO of the Denver YMCA, Kathy Barela Board Member of the Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority and Craig Wagner, Advisory board member of the Aurora Family YMCA for speaking at the event.

Please join us in recognizing the following members of the YMCA Advisory Board….
Adrian Frank
Greg Shields
Jim Bickford
Krista Simonson
Michael Giles
Richard Turnquist
Robert Jamieson
Susan Davis
Stephen Brunston
Mary Beth Brunston

YMCA Staff Members…
Kimberly Armitage
Lori Walker

We’d also like to thank these key contributors to the project:
Country Commissioner Jeff Baker
Friend of the Y, Debbie Ford and Brian Curd

Representing the project funder, Mutual of Omaha, Rebecca Kuhle and Matt Hanson
Architect Keith Hayes and the Team at BRS Architecture
Our General Contractor, the Team at Adolfson & Peterson construction

Members of the Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority…
Kathy Barela
Polly Martin

Rotary members…
Rick Richard
Ken Hostetler

And investors…
Larry & Jeannie Pisciotta
Craig & Angel Wagner

We celebrate the vision, advocacy, and commitment of everyone that attended and has worked behind the scenes to make this project a reality. We thank everyone who helped bring us to where we are today.

Scheduling Ground Breaking

The Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority met yesterday October 9th to discuss the schedule for ground breaking. We are eager to move some dirt! The City of Aurora is completing a final review of our plan which can take 8-12 weeks. After final approval we are all set to begin construction. Once construction starts we are anticipating a 14 month project.

We appreciate all the residents who attended our meeting and look forward to continuing to involve the community. If you do have any questions or comments and are not able to attend a meeting feel free to email us at

We are continuing to enhance our website and added more design pictures, so please take a look on the design page.

***Please note these are not official meeting minutes and official meeting minutes will be posted once a quorum of the board has approved them at the following meeting***

Years in the Making

September 18, 2019

The Wheatlands YMCA Recreation center has been financed and construction is beginning.  This project has been years in the making beginning with the rezoning of the land from apartments to recreation.  Next, there was the creation of the Wheatlands Park and Recreation authority and the intergovernmental agreement with the Wheatlands Metropolitan District.

This facility will be a wonderful addition for Wheatlands residents and the public to enjoy. The partnership with the YMCA allows us to create unique programming options and leverage their expertise to build a successful recreation center.

We will continuing to update the community on the project progress. Please check back for the latest news and construction timeline.