The YMCA of the Palm Beaches recently initiated the construction of a $45 million sports and community gathering facility in West Palm Beach. This flagship YMCA branch, situated in Lake Lytal Park at 3645 Gun Club Road, near Palm Beach International Airport’s south side, is set to encompass 55,000 square feet. The YMCA, a nonprofit organization, has already secured 60% of the $35 million required for construction and is actively seeking a naming sponsor. The project also benefits from financial support from Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation Department, as it is located within a county park.
The South Florida Business Journal reported that the need for a new headquarters arose after the YMCA sold its Palm Springs campus to developers for $10 million in 2022. Currently, an apartment complex is being developed on that site. Tim Coffield, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches, expressed gratitude for the support from Palm Beach County and highlighted the potential of the public/private partnership. Coffield emphasized the YMCA’s excitement about the variety of programs, services, and recreational amenities soon available to Palm Beach County residents.
The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by notable figures such as Tim Leuliette, Dale Hedrick, and Tim Coffield, marked the start of this significant project. The new facility is poised to offer a diverse range of amenities. It will include a fitness center, meeting spaces for classes and programs, an aquatics center, a skate park, and educational facilities. These facilities will encompass a STEM lab, a recording studio, a visual arts center, and a teaching kitchen catering to various interests and educational needs. Furthermore, the facility will provide childcare services, making it a comprehensive community center.
The construction of the facility is anticipated to be completed by late 2025. The project has brought together various experts in their fields. West Palm Beach-based Hedrick Brothers Construction is the general contractor, while Winter Park-based Team Pain is responsible for building the skate park. The facility’s architectural design is the work of St. Petersburg-based Harvard Jolly Architecture.
Jennifer Cirillo, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department, expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with the YMCA. She emphasized the project’s contribution to enhancing community health and happiness for future generations. The partnership aims to provide necessary park infrastructure and augment the quality of life in the area. This development reflects a significant investment in community infrastructure and recreational opportunities, promising to be a valuable addition to Palm Beach County.