June 05, 2014

There’s a new expansion on the horizon, and one that will make the Dr. Phillips YMCA a one-of-a-kind facility. In the coming months, different phases of construction will take place that will transform our facility into the “Y of the future,” replete with racquetball courts, an enlarged spin room, a new and improved wellness floor, state-of-the-art lobby, healthy living cafe (with all healthy food options and a demonstration kitchen to teach members how to cook healthy meals!), and new, creative programming designed to support all of it.

The goal is to create a gathering place that speaks to the needs of the entire community. By providing programs and services geared towards disease prevention (and the healthy living options that come along with that), as well as the specific needs of today’s youth and seniors, the Dr. Phillips YMCA will become the flagship for the organization’s ultimate vision for the Central Florida region.

And we could never have accomplished this without the support and generosity of Dr. Phillips Charities, the YMCA of Central Florida’s main supporter over the years. In fact, the Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities honors the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to the motto “to help others help themselves.”

In the coming months, you will see a lot of construction going on, but remember that this is a means to an end, an end that will make Dr. Phillips the model Y of the future and will reinvent the way people think about and work towards a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to pick up a copy of our Expansion News and Notes newsletter — created specifically for the new expansion — to receive updates on construction. Also, be sure to check back on the website for new blog posts regarding expansion news and inspiring stories of wellness.