The facade of the Downtown YMCA

In the Heart of Richmond

Located on W. Franklin Street, across from the Jefferson Hotel in the center of Richmond.


The Downtown YMCA has been serving the Richmond community for over 165 years. In the city center, where east streets meet west streets, you’ll find us on Franklin St. across from the Jefferson Hotel.

The Downtown YMCA is open during renovation. The wellness floor is available for use. The locker rooms will be closed May 28-June 28. For more information, see below.


Renovation FAQs 

We are excited to announce that our Downtown YMCA is undergoing renovations. It’s been over 20 years since our last facility upgrade. Renovations will increase accessibility and update our space to reflect the programs and services we offer today.  

How long will renovations take?  

Renovations will be completed in two phases. Phase I will be completed in December 2024, with phase two lasting another 8-9 months. The total estimated time for renovation is 16-18 months. 

 What’s changing?   

There will be new men’s and women’s locker rooms as well as adding universal bathrooms on the first floor, and the current wellness and free weight rooms will be rearranged. Group exercise classes will be moved to the first floor.     

Will you be open during renovations?  

Yes, the wellness floor and strength equipment will be temporarily located on the second floor.  

 Which amenities be closed during renovations?   

The following amenities will be closed during renovations: pool, sauna/steam in men’s and women’s locker rooms, basketball gymnasium, group ex studio and racquetball court (during first phase). The pool and group ex studio will reopen in Phase 2, so they will be closed for 8-9 months.  

What about parking?   

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Branch Amenities

Wellness and Exercise Centers

Child Watch

Our Child Watch space is temporarily closed. 

Holiday Hours

Sunday, March 31              - Closed

Monday, May 27                 - Close at 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 4                 - Close at 4 p.m.

Monday, September 2        - Close at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27   - Close at 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 28       - Closed

Friday, November 29            - Normal Hours

Tuesday, December 24        - Close at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25   - Closed

Tuesday, December 31        - Close at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 1        - 8 a.m. -  2 p.m.

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Founded in 1854, for over 160 years the Richmond Y has served the community through the Civil War, railroad expansion, the Great Depression and more. 

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