the excitement IS BUILDING

The Expansion & Renovation of the La Jolla YMCA

construction updates

Please check back periodically as we will be updating information in regards to our upcoming construction projects.

  • Be sure to view our FAQ's below as well.

Facility Updates

    It's official - the doors are open to our new Dan McKinney Family YMCA facility! We are excited for you to experience what has been years in the making. Our expansive new Fitness Center features all your strength and cardio equipment with sweeping views of the La Jolla coastline. We've also added two new group exercise studios for you to enjoy, along with new men's, women's, and family locker rooms; a new cafe; a new steam room and sauna; community space and a member lounge; all-new Child Watch; a teaching kitchen for nutrition classes, and more! We cant thank you enough for your support and patience throughout the entire construction process. Enjoy your new Y!

    With the opening of our new facility, group exercise class locations have changed. Classes will now be held in the new Studio A & B, located on the second floor of the new facility; Studio C aka Marion So studio, located on the south end of the facility; and Temp Studio, located on the east side of the facility.

    All class locations and times can be found on our Group Exercise Schedule.

    Child Watch will now re-open weekday afternoons at 3:00pm.


With your help, we can serve others, nurture children, and stay healthy for decades to come. Gifts of $250 or more will be commemorated in a grand mosaic to be displayed at each location.

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When did construction start?
Construction commenced in the summer of 2015.
Is the YMCA be closed during the construction?
No. A great deal of thought has gone into phasing the construction to keep as much of the facility open during construction as possible. The initial phase will involve adding a significant amount of parking so that it is in place before new elements of the YMCA campus are installed over our existing parking. The second phase will install a state of the art aquatic facility with two new pools, a new spa, and children’s water spray park.

The third phase, which will be the most significant, will house a new fitness center, new locker rooms, including family locker rooms, a teaching kitchen, community room, intergenerational center, Childwatch, a small cafe with indoor/outdoor dining area, and new group exercise studio.

The final phase will be the remodeling of the back building into an expanded gymnastics center, multipurpose spaces, spin studio and offices.
Can I use another Y during the construction?
Yes. Although the La Jolla YMCA will remain open throughout construction, all La Jolla YMCA members will be given an upgraded "All Y ACCESS" membership that will allow you to use any YMCA in San Diego County should you choose.
How long will the construction take?
The construction will take approximately 20 months to complete. The project and timeline is based on the idea of keeping as much of the current campus open as possible in order to minimize the impact on members.
How is this project being paid for?
All of the funds needed to begin this project have been donated. We will continue to ask for donations in order to complete the project. As a nonprofit, we depend on the generous support of our community to maintain a place for youth, families and seniors to grow strong in spirit, mind and body. We are thankful for all of the support thus far.
What will change? Where will everything go?
This extensive project will provide enhanced and expanded spaces for all of the current YMCA programs.
First and foremost, the project will add over 100 new parking spaces, many of which will be oversized! It will relocate the main entry to towards the east where the bulk of the parking will be.

As you enter the facility, there will be a new dramatic two-story entry that will greet members, with views into the gymnasium and upper level fitness center.

Child Watch will be expanded and located at the main entry for convenience.

The facility will sport completely new and greatly expanded men's, women's and family locker rooms centrally located on the remodeled campus.

All of the fitness and cardio will be located upstairs with great views of the ocean to the north and west. Studio spaces will be expanded and located upstairs next to the current Marion So Studio (which will remain) as well as a youth studio downstairs next to the gymnastics lobby.

The gymnasium will remain as-is, but opened-up for additional viewing.

The gymnastics center will be expanded into the current fitness area by removing the back wall.

The Youth Development Center will receive a permanent home on the first floor of the back building and will house three preschool classrooms, Character Builders After School Care and will have direct access to a new playground.
Why are you doing this?
While the current YMCA has served us well for the past 50 years, high usage and increased demand for our programs and services requires us to update and expand. Through major renovation and expansion of our facility, the Y will be ready to serve the ever-changing needs of future generations of La Jolla and the surrounding communities.
How will this project further the mission of the YMCA?
A modern, barrier-free facility will allow us to better serve the needs of all in our community. Through updated and expanded space and amenities, the YMCA will continue to serve as a healthy and welcoming community gathering place dedicated to helping all people to become their better selves.
How can I help?
Please consider making a donation to support building our community by contacting [email protected]
Who should I contact if I have a comment or additional questions?
Please send all of your comments and questions to [email protected]