About the Y
The Lakeland Family YMCA roots can be traced back to the late 1950s when a group of community stakeholders came to the conclusion that Lakeland needed a YMCA facility for youth and families.
After years of planning, fundraising, and developing community partnerships, the first YMCA in Lakeland opened its doors on 330 South Kentucky Avenue. A modest storefront, our community's first Y opened in 1965 and offered various programs including day camp, youth sports, Indian Guides, and Tri Hi-Y.
Over the next 10 years, the Y grew to two facilities including a teen center on South Florida Avenue. After years of partnering with outside facilities to house a majority of the programs the Y offered, it was time to acquire our own space. A banquet to kick off a building campaign raised over a million dollars which led to the purchase of the land on Cleveland Heights Blvd.
On June 7, 1977 the Lakeland Family YMCA opened its doors to the public. Initial facilities included: a weight room, a gym for basketball and exercise classes, an indoor swimming pool, locker rooms, a men's fitness center on the second floor, four outdoor racquetball courts, a craft room, and a club room for meetings, ballroom dancing lessons, guitar lessons, and the like.
Over the next decades we grew at a staggering rate adding indoor racquetball courts, a women's fitness center, additional indoor heated therapy pool, childcare facility, group exercise room, gymnastics center, and more. While our Y has seen multiple face lifts and additions over the years, we have continued to grow and adapt to the needs of our community.
For over 50 years, the YMCA has been the only cause-driven wellness center in our area to offer programming for the whole family that focuses on the spirit, mind and body. At the YMCA we are more than a gym...we are a FAMILY!