Muskegon YMCA set to start new chapter on Third Street; open house planned

Featured on MLive-April 27th, 2016


MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon YMCA is set to open a new location downtown.

The building located at 1115 Third Street will serve as center for the organization's community-based services. An open house celebrating the milestone will be held at the corner of Third Street and Houston Street from 4-7 p.m. on May 5.

"Our new location on Third Street is the perfect hub for the more than 25 community outreach programs that we have at different sites across the county," said Bruce Spoelman, CEO of the Muskegon YMCA.

"Released from decades of accumulated debt and no longer tied to a facility, we are much less defined by our location. Rather than convincing people to come to us, we're bringing health and wellness programs to where they can have the biggest impact. By focusing on areas of greatest need, we are more successful in making our community a better place to live."



Lake view planned for old YMCA, medical clinic for new campus facility

The Y is now Lakeshore Fitness Center.


The Muskegon Community College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to acquire the former Muskegon Family YMCA located at 900 W. Western Ave for $1.17 million last year.

Several programs will be expanded upon at the new location. They include:

  • Safety Around Water: Also known as "Pool School," the program teaches more than 1,000 third graders every year throughout the county about water safety, water rescue, rip currents, and ice rescue.
  • Chronic Disease Prevention: Programs addressing some of Muskegon's most pressing health needs such as diabetes prevention, arthritis management, blood pressure management, and post-cancer fitness programs.
  • Youth Outreach: After-school programs for physical activity and nutrition to fight the causes of childhood obesity.
  • Nutrition programs: Held in partnership with the Grand Rapids YMCA, the Cooking Matters and Nutrition in Action program teaches more than 2,500 kids and adults about healthy eating including reading food labels, cooking fast healthy meals and shopping for healthy food on a budget.
  • Employee wellness outreach to help members of the community improve their health future through exercise coaching and on-site classes, nutrition education, counseling, and information resources.

"The Muskegon YMCA is uniquely capable of making an impact on the health and wellness of our entire community and that is the path we are on," Spoelman said. "We don't need a specific building or set of walls – just the passion, people, and commitment to join us in building a healthy future for Muskegon."

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