The Anaheim Family YMCA is celebrating the opening of its new YMCA Community Complex. The completion of Phase 1 will provide residents and families with safe opportunities to be active while strengthening the YMCA’s goal for bringing together children and adults of all abilities.
“After years of planning, we are very excited to open our community complex to the Anaheim residents,” said Kay Carpenter, YMCA Board Chair. “Our new YMCA Community Complex will truly serve our entire community, providing a positive, healthy, and safe environment for families, improve our own lifestyles, and engage our elderly population. It fills a basic, critical need and adds to the future well-being of our community.”
This project continues the historic legacy of the Anaheim Family YMCA, founded in 1911 and currently serving over 7,000 youth and their families in over 55 program sites each day in Anaheim, Cypress, Stanton, and La Palma. “The new YMCA Community Complex will allow us to expand our community impact and provide a place of belonging for local residents of every age,” said Rick Martens, Anaheim Family YMCA President & CEO.
In 2018, with the assistance of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, the Anaheim Family YMCA received a $5 million dollar grant from California Parks and Recreation Department, which allowed the Y to be proactive and cognizant in considering the community’s park and recreation needs through resident assessment and feedback; a unique place where children can play, families can bond, people can exercise, and everyone can connect. The project was also made possible with an initial $2 million of support in leadership gifts from Jeff Frieden and Rob Friedman, Disneyland Resort, The Crean Family Foundation and The Klein Family Foundation.
The YMCA Community Complex complements the adjacent Ross Park by providing a space that supports different activities, including programmed sports like soccer and futsal, and other recreational activities, allowing for active and passive recreational use. The Y Complex will operate seven days a week and offer the following:
- six soccer arenas that will allow for an active game of five on five for youth to older adults.
- one large field for preschool sports, martial arts, Zumba, and other family activities.
- two activity grass areas for tai chi, yoga, and more activities, allowing for active and passive recreational use.
- a complete lighted facility for residents to play in a safe place into the night
- over 100 parking spaces
- easily accessible restrooms
- pathways to all areas and easy viewing for families to support their soccer players
- a plaza area that will feature memorial benches and engraved paver stones featuring the names of longtime Anaheim Family YMCA supporters, families, and friends.