South Tampa Family YMCA Celebrates 34 Years with $4.36MM Renovation

Published on 25 May 2016 in Business
Mike Bird (author)

Mike Bird


Location(s): South Tampa Family YMCA
South Tampa Family YMCA

South Tampa Family YMCA

For more than 171 years the YMCA has been working to better the community through Judeo-Christian principles by putting into practice programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. This tradition is alive and well and continues today right here in South Tampa!

The South Tampa Family YMCA is a convenient campus close to everything–located at 4411 S Himes Ave. Due to its many great programs for all age groups, the Y has a diverse membership, appealing to people from all walks of life. There are other gyms, but none are as practical and functional for so many different lifestyles – from families who want to stay healthy together, seniors who love to stay active, and those who want a gym where the focus is on working out and not looking in mirrors.

South Tampa Family YMCA

South Tampa Family YMCA

The YMCA cares about community and it cares about its members, always striving to offer the very best services and amenities.

Val Siktar Senior Group Vice President at the South Tampa Family YMCA shared great news! The South Tampa Y celebrates its 34th year and gives back to its members and the community by nearing completion on a massive renovation with a budget of $4.36 million.

Opened on September 11, 2015 the new updated pool area includes: An Olympic size temperature controlled lap pool with 8 lanes Men’s and women’s locker rooms and 3 changing rooms A kid’s area with a pirate ship playground, a great 2 story slide water slide, a zero depth entry area (which is great for toddlers and parents) and 3 spray fountains. The renovations to the pool are completed and ready to use.

South Tampa Family YMCA

South Tampa Family YMCA

Updates are planned for virtually every area of the main campus. Some of the inside renovations that are still underway include a new larger welcome center with new furniture, new flooring, new areas for a spin room, group X and an updated wellness center.

Additional renovations include a new max results room, trx and small group training, located right off of the wellness center. Kids will get a new youth zone for 7 and older.

The inside basket ball courts feature a newly refinished floor, and they look spectacular.

The South Tampa Family YMCA is excited to reward members with these new improvements and new facility additions with state-of- the-art everything, which will serve both family memberships and individual memberships in a bigger and better way.

Despite the large scope, the various phases of construction will allow the South Tampa Y to remain open and fully operational throughout the renovation.

Explore the South Tampa Y !

There are so many things to love about the local South Tampa Y! Well maintained for 34 years, it has been a hub for the community, offering a basketball gym, pool, various crossfit style workout spaces, and a fully equipped gym with all the latest equipment. The South Tampa Family YMCA even offers free childcare to members.

The pool at the South Tampa Y is a great way to cool off and stay in shape. Enjoy water aerobics, kids’ swim lessons, as well as programs for seniors and those with special needs.

South Tampa Family YMCA

South Tampa Family YMCA

The staff is always helpful, from the front desk staff, to lifeguards, personal trainers and camp counselors. The South Tampa Y is very family-friendly and provides nice private family locker rooms and larger locker rooms with showers.

The YMCA offers great team sports programs for kids ages 3–14. This writer’s children have been involved in the team sports at the YMCA for the past five years and they love it. Team sports build confidence, coordination and show kids the value of teamwork.

The South Tampa YMCA offers various summer camps, each with a different subject of study. For example, there is an aquatics camp, a gymnastics camp, sports camp and other traditional camp options. The Y camps are some of the biggest and best camps in the area. The summer of 2016 will be “THE BEST SUMMER EVER” for kids who camp at the South Tampa Y!

Summer camp starts June 13

Building a Strong Community

Val Siktar, Senior Group Vice President, says, “Nationally the YMCA’s cause is strengthening the community and the South Tampa Family YMCA is a real reflection of that, serving and carrying out that mission of strengthening the communities of South Tampa for 34 years. This is what makes the Y different. The core foundation of the YMCA is to stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA is 501(C) 3 non-profit charity organization and every dollar made goes back to investing in the community and this shows not only in our programming, but in the quality of our facility. This is what distinguishes the YMCA from anywhere else. When you are part of the Y you are part of a family with a deep tradition and heritage in caring for its members and community.”

The YMCA Offers many community outreach programs. The “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA” program offers a safe, supportive environment for those affected by cancer, and enables them to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. “Pedaling for Parkinson’s” is a program designed to help people affected by Parkinson’s disease, and has been shown to minimize symptoms by as much as 35 percent through pedaling a bicycle.

South Tampa Family YMCA

South Tampa Family YMCA

Through its many programs and dedication to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and support and serve its neighbors, the South Tampa Family YMCA ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

The YMCA’s embraces all people with a mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

If you are not already part of the YMCA family, stop by and see why you should be!

The South Tampa Family YMCA is located at 4411 S Himes Ave in Tampa and can be reached at (813) 839-0210 and. Log on to for more information.

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