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New Towson Y was renamed The Orokawa Family Center Y

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The Y of Central Maryland provides a holistic method of keeping a community healthy. This includes a gym, daycare, private event venues, swimming pool, summer camp and more. The Orokawa Foundation has been a very generous supporter of the Y of Central of Maryland. The Y of Central Maryland has decided to thank The Orokawa Foundation permanently. On December 7, 2013, The Y of Central Maryland renamed the Towson Y The Orokawa Family Center Y. “The Orokawa Foundation is a private family foundation focused primarily on health, education, human services and the environment. It derives its name from Orokawa Bay, a remote peninsula in the Bay of Islands in the far northeast of the North Island of New Zealand.”

Other top capital donors who were honored at the ribbon cutting included the France-Merrick Foundation, the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Inc., Lila E. O'Meara, the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds and McCormick & Company, Inc., among others. “The Y of Central Maryland’s Board Chair, Bonnie Phipps, commented, “It’s fitting that the Towson Family Center Y, long known for the fundamental role it has played in the community as a place for all, is now renamed in honor of The Orokawa Foundation, a sustained and generous supporter of the Y’s mission over many years. The Y unites people of all backgrounds and circumstances in our cause of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

“The Orokawa Family Center Y is a 48,000 square foot state-of-the-art health and wellness center. It is the first Y in Maryland to be LEED certified for leadership inenergy and environmental design. It features a swim center with two salt water pools, including a lap pool and a family fun pool with water park-like features; a large comfortable lobby and family room including a central fireplace and health bar; an 8,000 square foot fitness center; a climbing wall; gymnasium; group exercise room; spin room; and outdoor recreational and green space. The final phase of construction will be completed this spring, after the old Y is demolished, and will include additional group exercise rooms and an outdoor pool patio.”



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