Jump in the Y’s new pool!

The wait is finally over! The Shelton Family YMCA’s pool opens today Monday, June 28, just in time to beat the heat with a swim.  The swimming pool at the Shelton Family YMCA opens for business today. Volunteers and donors were invited to join a small Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:00 am immediately followed by regular pool operations at 10:00 am. Current COVID operating protocols require reservations for pool use. Reservations can be made on the YMCA of the USA: the Y

The Shelton Family YMCA pool is covered by an all-season tent for year-round use – the first of its kind in Mason County. The 1,600 square foot pool varies between 3 ½ and 5 feet deep, which is ideal for swim lessons, water exercise and recreational swimming! Swim lesson registration is NOW OPEN! The YMCA specializes in progressive, developmentally appropriate water safety and instruction and offers financial assistance to ensure ALL members of our community can access these life-saving programs. Swim lessons registration window opens 2 weeks prior to the first day of each session. Join today and get priority registration.
 About the Y. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

YMCA Opens Shelton Branch

What started out over 20 years ago as the vision of volunteers and community members to create positive youth and family activities in Shelton is now a reality.  On March 1, 2021, the Shelton Family YMCA opened its doors.

Creating a “Place for all to Belong” for the Shelton community during a pandemic was not ideal, but the local team persevered and overcame.  Local autonomy within a massive organization like the YMCA allowed them to set goals and plan the design for the new YMCA facility located on North Shelton Springs Road.

According to Jake Grater, Executive Director of Branch Operations, “Our design goals were simple.  Build something that brings the entire community together and creates a sense of belonging.”   Layer that on top of the local and national organization’s goals of diversity and inclusion, and the team created a space that is welcoming and engaging.

“We were fortunate to have the experience of 2,700 other YMCA’s across the country.  We created a space that is an open concept, yet an intimate space,” said Grater.  The design utilizes lots of imagery to make people feel like the space was built for them.

Since it was founded in 1844, the Y has constantly evolved to meet the unique needs in each of the communities it serves.  “This commitment to serving all people is core to who we are and our mission,” added Grater.

The new Shelton YMCA is an efficient building designed to minimize operating expenses.  This approach allows the team to deploy resources towards mission work instead of maintenance work.  For example, there is no carpeting in the building, which allows for better hygiene, easier cleaning, and no long-term replacement expense.

As the first YMCA in the area, the Shelton Family YMCA joins three other Y branches within the South Sound Association, which includes the Plum Street Y, the Briggs Community Y, and the Youth & Community Development Branch, which is affectionately referred to as ‘the Y without walls.’

Everyone is invited to come visit the new Shelton Family YMCA.  For more information about the new facility and its vast amenities, visit southsoundymca.org. By Lynn Castle