The YMCA of the Palm Beaches recently announced a $46 million capital project, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation department, that will relocate and dramatically expand its flagship branch.
In 2021, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a 50-year ground lease to the YMCA of the Palm Beaches, allowing the nonprofit to build a state-of-the-art community center and Olympic-style skate park next to the County’s new aquatic facility, which the Y will manage. This historic public private partnership replicates a successful model replicated in other municipalities with YMCA. The new facilities will be located at Lake Lytal Park, just off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
The new Y will feature a 55,000 square foot community center; Olympic-style Skate Park & Gym designed by Team Pain; and the Y PreSchool Academy. The new facility will serve four times as many individuals and families in Palm Beach County than the current location.
A hallmark feature of the new YMCA Community Center will be its Youth Engagement and Resource Center. The Center will be wholly focused on mentoring young people between the ages of 12 and 22, a critically underserved population in Palm Beach County. Some of the features of the Center include a STEM lab, music studio, art studio, and a culinary arts kitchen.
Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation will also construct a new, premier Aquatic Center with a FlowRider Surfing pool adjacent to the new YMCA.
Construction on Phase 1 of the two-phase project is expected to begin in late 2023.
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