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Santa Barbara Family YMCA
updated: Feb 18, 2012, 9:15 AM
In 1887, the same year that the first train came to Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Family YMCA was founded. Since then, Santa Barbara and the YMCA have grown and changed. Originally headquartered on the second floor of a downtown office building, the Y offered fellowship, music and exercise programs to the community. In 1910 construction began on the first official Y building in Santa Barbara, on the corner of Chapala and Carrillo Streets. The facility opened in 1912 and offered gymnasium classes, wrestling, boxing, handball, summer camps, hikes, athletics, swimming, and a variety of clubs and social services. The need for a larger and more modern facility became evident in the early 1950s, and the leaders of our community embarked on a campaign to build a new Y. Our facility on Hitchcock Way has been serving our community since 1960 and will continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of Santa Barbara. We are proud of our long history providing Santa Barbara with programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Today, the Santa Barbara Family YMCA enriches kids, adults, families and communities through health, well-being and fitness programs, camps, family time, education and leadership, sports and recreation, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We are more than your local health and fitness club with a gym and a pool. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do. The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through development, healthy and social responsibility. With the Y, you're not just a member of a facility; you're part of a cause.
The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind, and body.
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