Jacksonville, Florida, celebrated the grand opening of the $21 million, 72,000-square-foot Winston Family YMCA on Friday, according to an announcement from the YMCA of Florida's First Coast. The facility replaces the smaller 60-year-old Yates Family YMCA, which will be torn down and replaced with a parking lot for the new YMCA.
The new Y has a fitness center, an aquatic center, a gym, a health living center, a café, family and special needs locker rooms, and two spiritual wellness centers for prayer and meditation.
"We are incredibly excited for all First Coast residents to experience the new Winston Family YMCA and witness the unwavering commitment the Y has for our community," said YMCA of Florida's First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. "As we open the doors of the facility, we unlock the endless potential of this city to cultivate a better, healthier future."
The Yates Family YMCA had been one of the area's most diverse branches, both in terms of race and socioeconomic status, according to the Y. One out of every three members received financial assistance from the Y to take part in programs and activities. The Winston Family YMCA will carry out that same mission in enhancing people's lives, showcasing the inclusiveness and welcoming spirit of the city.
"The First Coast YMCA touches the lives of thousands of our citizens in so many ways, and that is why I am so excited to see Riverside being rejuvenated with a brand new health, wellness and rehab facility," said Winston. "In my mind, the new Y is destined to become a regional center and the flagship of the First Coast YMCA's 15 branches, and a beacon to the public reaffirming the Y's dedication to this community and to a healthier future for the First Coast."
The riverfront facility will serve as a hub for the Y's community-focused efforts to reduce chronic illnesses, such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.