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Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center

Construction on the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center has begun! History takes center stage as we transform the historic Lyric Theatre building into a new Y that will revitalize the core of downtown with life-strengthening programs for all ages.

Construction Kickoff Celebration

Photo: Donors, partners and leaders turn shovels in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Downtown YMCA

Thank you to all who joined us November 16, 2018, to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center. 

Donors, volunteers, members and the community gathered for a celebration on the front steps of the historic Lyric building. A short program emceed by Lara Moritz from KMBC 9 News included remarks from Y leaders, city officials and partners on the project. 

David Byrd, President and CEO, spoke of the impact the new Y will have in the community. He said the dream for the new Y is that it will be “a place for people to come together from across the downtown community.”

For a Better
Kansas City

The new Y will provide a nurturing environment to help all ages improve their well-being, learn new skills and reach their fullest potential, including:

  • Evidence-based programs to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer and heart disease
  • Swim lessons to help eliminate drowning in our community
  • Youth programs to educate and build confidence from sports to volunteer activities and leadership development opportunities for teens
  • Family programs such as Kids Night Out and seasonal events, as well as Kids Zone where kids can play while parents explore their own interests
  • Volunteer opportunities to give back and help make our downtown community stronger
  • Healthy living activities, from nutrition and cooking classes to exercise
  • Community space for meetings, social gatherings and celebrations

and Amenities

The 62,000 square-foot community center includes 42,000 square feet of new construction and a 20,000 square-foot renovation of the historic Lyric Theatre building.

  • Three community meeting rooms
  • Medical partner space for Truman Medical Center's University Health Clinic
  • Instructional kitchen
  • Healthy cafe
  • Lap pool
  • Recreation pool
  • Kids Zone
  • Cardio and strength training equipment
  • Walking/jogging track
  • Gymnasium
  • Three group exercise rooms
  • Outdoor green space for youth sports and other activities


Project News

Learn more about the redevelopment of the 92-year-old Lyric building and how it will bring healthy living, youth and community programs to downtown Kansas City.