YMCA of Greater St. Louis


YMCA of Greater St. Louis

Press Releases and News Stories

YMCA of Greater St. Louis President & CEO Gary Schlansker Announces Retirement

Click HERE for press release.

YMCA of Greater St. Louis and YMCA of Southwest Illinois Agree to Combination

Click HERE for press release.


Update on the Downtown YMCA:

We are excited to announce that portions of the Downtown YMCA will reopen at 11am on Monday, January 20.  See below for new building hours.

The areas that will open on Monday include the men’s and women’s locker rooms, the pool including classes, racquetball and handball courts, and the adult fitness center and mezzanine.  Cycle classes will resume on Wednesday, January 22.  Group exercise classes will resume on Wednesday, January 22 in racquetball court 1.

Thank you for your patience during this time.  We will keep you updated on when the other portions of the Downtown YMCA will reopen.

We will have new building hours beginning on January 20.

New Building Hours
Monday - Thursday - 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - 5:30 am - 8 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

New Pool hours:
Mon - Thurs 5:30 am - 8:15 pm
Friday 5:30 am - 7:15 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3:30 pm 
Sunday 12 pm - 4:15 pm

Updates for January 6 and 7:

All branches will close at 5pm on January 6 and reopen January 7 at 8am.

ECEC's will open tomorrow at the following times:

Edward Jones: 8am
West County: 9am
St. Charles/Elm Point: 12pm


Mark your calendars for Yoga Under the Arch, Saturdays at 9am (through Sept 28)



All branches will be closed on Sunday, March 31 for the Easter holiday.

Operating Hours for March 25, 2013

*As of 9pm on 3/24/13. Please check your branch's website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Carondelet Park Rec Complex - Regular Time
Emerson - Regular Time
Monsanto (including ECEC) - Open at 9am
O'Fallon Park Rec Complex - Open at 8am
South City - Open at 8am
South County - Regular Time
O'Fallon - Open at 9am
St. Charles & Elm Point ECEC - Open at 9am
Wildwood - Open at 9am
West County (including ECEC) - Open at 9am
Edward Jones (including ECEC) - Regular Time
Downtown - Open at 11am
Metro Office - Open at 10am
LDC - Open at 10am


Operating Hours for March 24, 2013

Due to weather conditions and for the safety of our members and staff, several branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis have closed.  Please check with your branch's Facebook page or website for the most up-to-date information.  The following branches are currently closed:
West County
Four Rivers
St. Charles
Edward Jones
Jefferson County
South County
O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
South City 
Carondelet Park Rec Complex Indoor Pool - Closing at 3pm
Carondelet Park Rec Complex - Closing at 5pm


Operating Hours for February 22, 2013

Some branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis may be delayed in opening on Friday, February 22 due to road conditions.  Please check your branch's website or Facebook page for details.

Winter Weather Update - February 21, 2013

All branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis will be closing at noon.
Updated 2/21/13 - 9:45 am

All early childhood centers will be closing at noon.
Updated 2/21/13 - 9 am



YMCA of Greater St. Louis Names Jordan Deitering as 2013 Joseph P. Sunnen Youth of the Year - Press Release

Suburban Journals - YMCA, Elm Point childhood centers merge in St. Charles

The Elm Point Childhood Center becomes part of the YMCA's childcare tradition.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Lifestyle coaches tackle diabetes epidemic

What is the key to diabetes prevention? See with the Post-Dispatch has to say about the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.

St. Louis Business Journal - YMCA joins prevention battle against diabete

The St. Louis Business Journal highlights why the fight against diabetes is important for area businesses, and how the Y is helping with that fight.


Volunteers Needed as YMCA Bookfair Rapidly Approaches

Thousands of St. Louis area residents have been finding new friends in old books at the YMCA Bookfair for 33 years, and that tradition continues August 17-22, 2012 at the Kennedy Recreation Complex. Read more.

Go to YMCA Bookfair Web page.

YMCA Family Night With the Cardinals is August 8

Give your little fan the opportunity to see our 2011 World Champions take on the  San Francisco Giants. Your child will participate in a pregame parade at Busch Stadium before the game.  FREE for children registered in a YMCA Program with paid $20 discounted adult admission.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

5:45 pm:    Arrive at Southeast Side Entrance of Busch Stadium (Gate 1)
6:20 pm:    Pregame Parade
7:15   pm:  Cards vs Giants

Register through Sunday, July 29
Fill out the registration form by downloading it  and submitting to your local YMCA.

Color Registration form
Black/White Registration form  You can also register at your YMCA branch.

The Y Honors Lyle Gilbertson at 41st Annual Lamplighter Society Dinner

Volunteers, Employees Recognized for Efforts to Strengthen Foundations of Community. Read more.

The Y Takes on Diabetes

A new health program being rolled out at YMCAs across the country shows the potential for a community-based organization to deliver a nationwide health-care intervention, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read full article.

Healthy Kids Day Encourages Families to 'Take On Summer' By Keeping Body and Mind Active

The Y is celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free events that help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities and inspire them to carry that spirit of fun into the summer. Through Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids, the Y challenges families to “Take on Summer” by addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education. Visit one of the 18 YMCA branches throughout the St. Louis area for more information. Read HKD press release.

Camp Directors from YMCA Camp Lakewood will visit St. Louis area Y branch locations in March, April

For decades, YMCA Camp Lakewood has been known for 'growing great kids!' Summer is just around the corner and its never too early to register your child for camp. Read more

The Y Honors Brian McKanna as Youth of the Year

Brian McKanna of Wildwood isn’t a typical 17-year old Lafayette High School junior. And his unmatched interest in improving the community, serving as an amazing role model for children and taking leadership roles in model government for high school students, recently won him the Wildwood Family YMCA Youth of the Year award.

Then - from a pool of 14 outstanding Youths of the Year from area Y branches - he was named the YMCA of Greater St. Louis Joseph P. Sunnen Youth of the Year.

For this he will receive a scholarship of approximately $62,000 generously awarded by Lindenwood University in St. Charles. He plans to study broadcasting at Lindenwood as a result of his media involvement in Y Youth in Government. Read more

YMCA of Greater St. Louis Elects Officers, Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

The Y relies heavily on Board members for their knowledge and expertise as we continue to develop the potential of kids and teens, improve health and well-being, and support our neighbors.

Traci O'Bryan, Brad Koeneman Lead YMCA Strong Community Campaign

Annual Campaign benefits families at the Y who cannot afford membership; provides scholarships for Y Camp and child care; supports Y Community Literacy for children and adults; and more. Visit for more information.

The Y Celebrates the Good Life on New Year’s Day--St. Louis Area YMCAs Host Open House Sunday, January 1

Branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis* will be open to the public on New Year’s Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to accommodate those individuals intent on making good on their New Year’s resolution of Healthy Living! Those who join the Y on January 1 will receive a special membership offer and have the opportunity to take part in sample classes, special activities and receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Contact your local branch for more details.

The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

* Note: The Marquette YMCA will not be open January 1.

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis recently recognized two state senators and two state representatives for their support of the Y. On hand for the presentation were: (left to right) Jon Reed, Chairman of the Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater St. Louis; Michael Gibbons, Chairman of the Public Policy Committee, YMCA Board of Directors; Jennae Neustadt, representing Senator John Lamping; Representative Clem Smith; Representative Rick Stream; and Gary Schlansker, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater St. Louis. Also honored was Senator Scott Rupp, who was unable to attend the awards reception.

YMCA of Greater St. Louis Recognizes Area Legislators for Ongoing Support of Y Mission

Individuals honored have been exceptional advocates for the Y. Read more.

“Show Me St. Louis” Features Y Membership Offer

Amy Dittman of the Kirkwood Family YMCA and Michelle Villmer from the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA demonstrate a few Piyo exercises, and tout our September membership offer, which expires 9.30.11. View Channel 5 show here.

Y Community Literacy, Teen Programs Get Boost from the Staples Foundation for Learning

Grant money used to purchase equipment for learning lab, to fund Y Teen Leaders program at Emerson Family YMCA. Read more.

Great Deals, Greater Cause: 33rd Annual YMCA Bookfair Is August 19-24, 2011

This annual end-of-summer event benefits youth & literacy programs at the Y. Read more...

View report by KSDK's Heidi Glaus on the 33rd Annual YMCA Bookfair

View Tim Ezell's visit to the YMCA Bookfair August 19

Read Jane Henderson's book blog on STLToday.com

View YMCA Bookfair video on STLToday.com

Jefferson County Family YMCA Cuts Ribbon, Opening Added Space for Members

The Jefferson County Family YMCA celebrated the opening of 3,000 square feet of additional space on the lower level of its building. Read more...

YMCA Lifeguards Put To The Test at 7th Annual Competition

More than 100 certified Y lifeguards from  St. Louis Y branches competed in the 7th annual Lifeguard Competition at the Edward Jones Family YMCA, July 23, 2011. The West County Family YMCA was the overall champion in Division A, while the O'Fallon, Four Rivers Area and South City YMCAs captured honors in Division B.

Members and guests of the Y are the real winners, however.  They can feel safe and secure under the watchful eyes of our Y lifeguards! 

See July 2011 coverage from KSDK, Channel 5 here...

View Fox2 Teresa Woodard's report on the Y Lifeguard Competition here...

New Obesity Rankings Put Missouri 11th, Illinois 23rd Fattest States

Two out of three adults are overweight or obese in Missouri, the 11th fattest state in the country, according to a new report. Read more.

A New Day, A New Look for Our Web Site

Rebranding will help people identify the Y as a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Golf for a Good Cause

The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through shared interests, including golf!    Click here for a list of upcoming Y tournaments

Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van Makes Stops at the Y

We take seriously our role in improving the health of our communities

The Y Honors Marilyn Lunnemann With Prestigious Award at 40th Annual Lamplighter Society DinneR

Volunteers, Employees Recognized for Efforts to Strengthen Foundations of Community

‘Fight With Style: Healthy Moms + Healthy Kids’ Visits West County Y

Y Recognizes Erin Vilimek As ‘Youth of the Year’
Through Y Programs, Young People Gain Leadership Skills and Find Guidance and Encouragement to Develop and Realize Their Potential

YMCA Volunteers Breathe Life into LiveStrong
The Y Stands for Good Health, Strong Connections, Greater Self-Confidence

Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van Makes Stops at Y Branches
Improving the Nation's Health and Well-being

2010 Press Releases

South County Family YMCA Opens Lobby/Welcome Center
“Expansion changes the face of the Y, improves member experience”

Jefferson County Family YMCA Named Old Newsboys Charity of Choice
Chairman Mike Walsh Continues to Support Local Y

Nicoletti, O’Bryan Step Up to Chair Strong Community Campaign
With the Y, You’re Not Just a Member of a Facility; You’re Part of a Cause

The Saigh Foundation Gives Generously to Support Y Literacy Efforts for Children
YRead Builds Confident Kids Today and Contributing Adults Tomorrow

Missouri Foundation for Health Grant to Support Tobacco Cessation Program
Four Rivers Area Family YMCA Will Administer Program Over 2 Years

Strengthening Our Community: Y Locations Host Diabetes Busters Mobile Unit
Monsanto, St. Charles County, Emerson, Edward Jones Family Ys Play Host

Strengthening Our Community:  the Y Joins St. Louis Open Streets Saturday, Oct. 9

YMCA, LiveStrong Offer Hope for Cancer Survivors

The Hartford Awards YMCA of Greater St. Louis $10,000 Grant to Support Literacy, Youth Development Initiatives

The Y Gets Your Heart Pumping at Open Streets, Sunday, Sept. 19

South City Family YMCA Opens Doors to 7,000 Square-Foot Expansion

South County Family YMCA Breaks Ground on Lobby Expansion

YMCA Day at the Dome is Sunday, Sept. 26

32nd Annual YMCA Bookfair Set for August 20-25, 2010

YMCA Participates in Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden July 17, 2010

YMCA Unveils New Brand Strategy to Further Community Impact July 12, 2010

Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van Visits YMCA Locations

Carondelet Park Rec Complex Outdoor Pool  May 27, 2010

Lamplighter Society Dinner May 6, 2010

Anthem  Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Gift Expands YMCA 'Fit for Life' Program April 26, 2010

Aetna Foundation Gift to YMCA KidzFit January 2010