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THE PLUM STREET Y FAQ
What has happened?
The Y has found a new home in Downtown Olympia. Exciting renovations to the building formerly occupied by 5th Avenue Fitness are underway. The grand opening is expected in spring 2018. During the transition, our Downtown Y, located on Franklin Street, will remain open and is available to all members.
Why is the Y making this move?
Our current Downtown facility has outlasted its useful life. It is too costly to repair or replace and our Trustees believed staying in Downtown Olympia was important. We believe this decision provides the best location and facility for the continued long-term service of the Y to this community.
Will there be a pool at the new YMCA location?
Phase one of the Plum Street Y renovation includes new flooring, deep cleaning, painting, and construction of multi-use spaces. Staff and volunteers are working with designers and architects to understand the feasibility of an aquatic addition during a future phase.
What is the Y doing with the former building?
The 510 Franklin building is for sale. Consistent with the City of Olympia’s long-range plan and Downtown revitalization plan, this building will be an ideal site for a developer to reimagine the space providing residents and visitors a unique urban experience.
How is the Y planning to say good-bye and honor the former building?
Plans are underway for a proper send off. If you have an idea or would like to volunteer on the planning committee, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does this mean for Downtown and Briggs members?
Once we move the Y into the renovated Plum Street location, members will enjoy street-level access, air conditioning, and parking.
Because we are adding new members, you may see both YMCAs more crowded. We will do everything we can to minimize any negative impacts. You can use the Downtown and Briggs branches and be aware there are hours when the buildings are not as crowded.
Will there be a basketball court?
One of the reasons for the move is to provide more space for more people to participate in programs. As most basketball enthusiasts realized, the Downtown YMCA court was less than ideal and rarely used for basketball (predominately used for group exercise classes). Your YMCA membership affords you the privilege and use of our Briggs YMCA that features a double gymnasium with competitive and recreational basketball programs and activities.
Are membership rates going to go up?
Membership rates are reviewed annually and adjustments are made to reflect cost of living increases but remain affordable.
Who made the decision to acquire 5th Avenue Fitness?
The Downtown Y facilities committee conducted its annual Building Conditions Report in the spring 2017. A small group of the Board of Trustees was then formed to study the data, compare our facilities to others, review current policies, and consider all options. Their thorough and thoughtful leadership led to the recommendation to purchase 5th Avenue Fitness. The board of directors voted to support this proposal.
Will the new location have Racquetball/Wallyball?
Unfortunately, there are no plans to construct racquetball courts. One of the reasons we are moving into a new location is to provide more space for more people to participate in programs. As most Ys and fitness centers have discovered, the courts are a large, dedicated space for a small number of players.
We understand you may not be happy with this decision, and we are sorry we cannot accommodate every request or need. An option to consider is to try volleyball, pickle ball or another sport at the Briggs Y.
How is the Y improving the Plum Street Facility (Former 5th Avenue Building)?
We are keeping the open-concept feel of the facility. We are improving the flow, aesthetics and function throughout. Key areas, such as the locker rooms will receive a considerable facelift. We will also build dedicated youth spaces and a multi-purpose studio that can be used for programs such as Yoga and other healthy lifestyle classes.
What equipment can I look forward to at Plum Street?
Brand new, state-of-the-art strength training and functional training equipment from Matrix along with cardio equipment form Precor—many of the amenities you know and are familiar with along with equipment exclusive to the Y.
What will the exercise class schedule be?
We have put together an exciting schedule of Les Mills classes for the Downtown branch that retains the instructors members have come to love and trust. Demand drives class schedules and as such always being fine-tuned. Click here for our current class schedules at both locations.
What will happen to parking?
A big feature of the new Plum Street Y is parking! Parking is now available at the Plum Street location--a short distance from the Franklin Street location. Contact either Downtown or Briggs for more information. View map of Plum Street Y parking here.
How will the Y serve kids and the community at the Plum Street Y?
We are building dedicated space for kids and continuing our rich tradition of youth and family programming at Plum Street. You will also see Livestrong classes, ACT! Classes, community groups and meetings.