YMCA Arlington Reimagined | YMCA DC

YMCA Arlington Reimagined

More Purpose. More Passion. More Community.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is redeveloping  YMCA Arlington to create an expanded, world-class community YMCA facility.

The Arlington branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington first opened its doors in 1944 and has served the diverse and growing Arlington community as a trusted community partner for almost 80 years. Y Arlington provides opportunities for health and wellness, school age childcare, summer day camp, aquatics, and tennis and squash serving over 4,600 children, adults and seniors annually. From 2010 to the present, over $1,000,000 in financial support has been provided to the Arlington community for children and families to participate in Y programs.

YMCA Arlington was awarded the Nonprofit of the Year by the Arlington Leadership Center for Excellence. This award signifies the community’s recognition of the Y’s mission in Arlington County over the past decades. Criteria for the award include being a servant leader, ethics, and partnering with other community leaders. Each and every day the Y strives to be a benefit to the community and is grateful for the recognition of this work.


Although our doors were closed during part of the Coronavirus pandemic, YMCA Arlington has continued to fulfill the YMCA mission by serving those in need across our communities with critical services.

YMCA Arlington provided 2180 meals to children and families in need through our partnership with Child Care Resources.


YMCA Arlington distributed approximately 9095 pounds of produce (1070 bags) of produce to families in need in partnership with Keany Produce.


YMCA Arlington hosted blood drives with 69 total donors, collected 55 units of blood, potentially saving 109 lives. 


YMCA Arlington secured an additional 410 pounds of produce through our partnership with Clarendon Presbyterian Church to distribute since April.



The new YMCA Arlington will be a manifestation of two highly respected entities with shared values and vision meshing to serve Arlington County residents. This Y will be designed for the Arlington Community by the Arlington Community with input and collaboration from local universities, schools and hospitals.

New YMCA Arlington will serve an estimated 11,415 children, adults and seniors annually; creating 108 new permanent living wage positions and 175 construction jobs.


The Arlington County Equity Center advances the goals expressed in the Arlington County Board’s September 2019 Equity Resolution, which defines equity as: “all populations having access to community conditions and opportunities needed to reach their full potential and to experience optimal well-being.”  The center is an innovative opportunity to advance Arlington County’s equity work. More than a place or a program, the center seeks creative ways to solve the pressing concerns of our community as an ever-evolving enterprise.

Through the Center, the Y serves as a hub for community members to learn, lead, organize, advocate and meaningfully connect with a shared focus on equity, respect, and inclusion. The center is a demonstration of our commitment and shared partnership to create positive change and equity in our community.

Primary work of the center:

This facility will create space for individuals, teams and groups to experience learning and community building in an interactive and transformative way. In partnership with local and national experts in equity work, interactive and transformative learning experiences will be promoted and offered for diverse stakeholders from all sectors to develop common understanding and design solutions to equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges.

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After school education, adaptable dedicated Maker Space, youth day and holiday camps during school breaks, virtual learning labs.


Strong indoor aquatics offerings including a warm water instructional/therapeutic pool preferred by seniors and families with offerings to include aqua aerobics, family swim, beginner swim lessons and summer aquatic camps. In addition, a 6-lane lap pool directed toward adult lap swim, deep-water aerobics and advanced swim programs including master swim.


A diverse schedule of programs and activities to support the specific interests and needs for youth, adults, seniors, and families across a wide range of offerings including a wellness floor with cardio and strength training equipment, gym, cycling and group exercise studios.


Y Diabetes Prevention Program, Functional Fitness, Blood Pressure Self Monitoring, Medical Nutritional Therapy.


Dedicated space for all members of the community to learn, lead, organize, advocate and meaningfully connect with a shared focus on equity to offer support of and partnership with the County’s Destination 2027 Initiative.


Click here to view the Washington Boulevard and Kirkwood Road Special GLUP Study “Plus” and Concept Plan Guiding Principles.