Columbia's Downtown YMCA opens in new location


July 11 saw the Downtown YMCA in Columbia, South Carolina open at its new location at the corner of Bull and Hampton streets.

The Downtown YMCA in Columbia was one of the first 50 Ys in the United States.

“While we will always be fond of the memories thousands have shared at 1420 Sumter Street, it was originally built for men’s housing and we must continue to evolve to meet the needs of our community today,” Bruce Williams, CEO of the YMCA of Columbia, said. “We are certainly thrilled to move into this state-of-the-art facility at the corner of Bull and Hampton Streets. However, the Y is so much more than a gym. It’s a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

A full schedule of programs will be offered at the new, American Disabilities Act-compliant facility, including yoga, Zumba classes, pilates and other exercise classes. The space features advanced cardio equipment with touch screen consoles, selectorized strength equipment and free weights as well as interactive spin bikes.

Members can take advantage of towel service, men's and women's locker rooms with steam and saunas and access to equipment and services at all Columbia YMCA locations. Special programs such as Livestrong and the senior program SilverSneakers will also be offered, as will Y-based diabetes awareness and prevention programs.

For youth, the Y will offer various sports leagues, after school programs, summer food programs and day camps.

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