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The Bronx is Up


Two new state-of-the-art YMCAs will serve youth, families, and seniors in the Bronx

The YMCA of Greater New York is proud to announce the development of two new Ys in the Bronx, dramatically expanding our capacity to serve New Yorkers for years to come.

The Y has long sought to grow in the Bronx. Now, in collaboration with the Bronx community, local leaders, and elected officials, we will create two vibrant new branches to help residents achieve their full potential with the Y’s signature programs that empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community.

The LA CENTRAL YMCA in the South Bronx and EDENWALD YMCA in the Northeast Bronx, to be completed in 2020, will serve tens of thousands of residents each year, create new jobs, and add recreational and learning spaces to the neighborhood, fostering community engagement for the young, the old, and everyone in between.


1250 East 229th Street

Edenwald YMCA

Set in a three-acre urban forest, the Edenwald YMCA will meld the indoor and the outdoor in order to connect members to the natural environment. The environmentally friendly, standalone facility will include protected outdoor play and program space for enhanced camp and afterschool programs. Marvel Architects is designing the unique project.

430 Westchester Avenue

La Central YMCA

Located in the center of the rapidly growing South Bronx, the new 50,000-square-foot YMCA will anchor the city’s La Central mixed-use development project. La Central will include retail, community, and outdoor recreation space, as well as thousands of new mixed-income housing units, all within steps of multiple subway and bus lines. FXCollaborative, formerly FXFOWLE Architects, leads the project.

Activities for All Ages

The La Central and Edenwald YMCAs will include:

  • Key programs, including Y Afterschool, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, and fitness, leadership, and civic engagement programming for youth
  • Aquatics centers for safety around water classes, family recreation, and swim instruction
  • Social, recreational, and health programming for older adults
  • Fitness and wellness centers
  • Gymnasiums with basketball courts
  • Accessible recreational areas that promote community and belonging

Support our Campaign

New York City’s YMCA officially kicked off its Bronx campaign at the 44th Annual Dodge Award Dinner in June 2018, honoring Michael Bloomberg and Sandie O’Connor. The Y is making a $100 million investment in the Bronx with these two new facilities — and we’re raising $25 million from private donors.

Contact Patti Davis to help us strengthen the Bronx by donating today, and for information on naming opportunities at the new YMCAs.