The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to announce the Middletown Family YMCA will open its new facility on Monday, September 18th. The project, which would not be possible without significant support from the town of Middletown and the State of Delaware, will have the power to fuel economic development, improve community health outcomes, empower youth, and bring people from all walks of life together. Middletown is one of the fastest-growing communities in Delaware, and the Y anticipates serving 15,000 individuals annually through membership, community-based programs, before and after school enrichment, youth sports, and summer camp. The Y will bring 300 new, local jobs to the Middletown area, providing a workforce development pathway for many first-time job seekers. The Middletown Family YMCA’s new location is 202 E. Cochran Street in Middletown, Delaware. The brand new 56,000 square-foot facility will be open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends. It features: • State-of-the art fitness center • Full-sized gymnasium lined for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball • Indoor pool (Outdoor pool and splash pad also included) • Children’s adventure zone with indoor play structure • Universal fitness options for individuals with diverse abilities • Multiple fitness studios (offering more than 70 classes per week) • Cycle studio with Cinema • Indoor and outdoor functional training center • STEM room for youth (homework help available) • Universal locker room • And so much more! The Y will offer a wide-ranging program lineup for all ages. Kids can take part in private or group swim lessons, basketball and volleyball skills classes, as well as art and science STEM instruction. Fit Kids offers members aged 7-12 a fun-filled program that encourages team-building activities and a healthy lifestyle. The Y will hold Safe Sitters classes, where teens can learn first aid and child care safety skills to become a certified babysitter. Adults will find an abundance of group exercise options such as Zumba, Bodypump and Cycling. Active Older Adult programs feature both land and aquatics exercise classes, while the Young At Heart Social Club brings community members together with various activities such as painting and group lunches. Another highlight of the new Middletown Family YMCA is the indoor play structure in the Kids Adventure Zone, the only one of its kind at a YMCA of Delaware branch. Our Kids Zone gives parents a free babysitting option while they work out. Middletown Family YMCA Kids Zone Hours (Ages 6 weeks – 11 years): • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Monday - Friday: 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The new state-of-the-art Fitness Center offers an array of cardio options, the largest selection of plate-loaded equipment including 12 full squat racks, and wide-ranging circuit-loaded machines to choose from. The Y’s dumbbells range from 5-150 pounds. Functional training spaces are available in both indoor and outdoor settings. Pool group exercise classes include Aqua Strong (Yoga on a paddleboard) and Aqua Zumba. The YMCA is accepting of everyone and features more than a dozen pieces of Adaptive Fitness equipment for our members with diverse abilities. The indoor pool is accessible via ramp with a gradual decline to enter the water at ease. Additionally, the Middletown YMCA features an outdoor wellness space, made possible by the State of Delaware, with two full-sized basketball courts (open to the community), six pickleball courts (4 open to the community, two operated by the Y), a splash park adjacent to the Silver Lake Pool, and multiple outdoor playground options. “The YMCA of Delaware is excited to expand its footprint in the Middletown area, with hopes of serving as a community hub and second home to local children, families, and residents from all walks of life,” said Linda Risk, YMCA of Delaware Chief Operating Officer. “The Y is known for bringing people together and providing a sense of belonging while we all strive to reach our full potential. We look forward to supporting family and economic stability, improving individual and community wellness, and making sure our youth in Middletown continue on a pathway to success.” The YMCA will never turn anyone away due to financial need. It is anticipated that the new Middletown Y will provide over $500,000 annually in financial assistance for membership and programs. Middletown residents can learn more and join the YMCA of Delaware here. We will waive the joiner fee for anyone who signs up before the end of September, which could save members up to $100.