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Building What Matters



The historic Lyric Theater has been transformed into a new state-of-the-art Y, focused on supporting a more vibrant downtown core and providing life-strengthening programs for all ages. The center will open to the community on October 11, followed by a ribbon cutting celebration on October 14.


Support the Y's commitment to building a healthier downtown Kansas City through a donation. Major donors will be recognized in the facility, and all donors will be listed on the donor wall.

Indoor Pools

Offering life-saving swim lessons and water safety programs, water fitness and recreation.

Lap Pool Warm Water, Zero-entry Activity Pool Steam Room and Dry Sauna

Healthy Living

Creating a welcoming atmosphere for all in our community to become a better us.

Dedicated Spin Studio and Two Group Ex studios Technology Integrated Cardio and Strength Equipment Walking / Jogging Track Functional Training Space Gymnasium

"The new Y will bring the diverse downtown community together and provide life-strengthening programs."

John Mikos, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Kansas City

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Community Spaces

Providing inclusive access to health education and care.

Three Community Meeting Rooms Instructional Kitchen Healthy Café Historic Lobby with Welcome Center and Interaction Space Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education, Training and Outreach Private Changing Rooms for All Ages

Accessibility for All

A historic link to the past, with a renewed mission for the downtown core.

Kids Zone Youth, Family & Active Older Adult Programs Adaptive Programs Community Health Programs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Construction News

Watch the redevelopment of the 92-year-old Lyric building as it brings healthy living, youth and community programs to downtown Kansas City.

Watch Video: Construction Progress

New Kirk Family YMCA Begins First Phase With Summer Day Camp

The new Kirk Family YMCA in downtown Kansas City will open in phases, beginning with enrollment for a summer day camp program scheduled to start June 7. The camp will support working families and help kids who have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic by giving them an opportunity to continue to learn throughout the summer.

Construction Begins on Kirk Family YMCA

Construction kicked off on the Kirk Family YMCA at the former Lyric Theatre building on Friday, November 16. 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.

Thank You
to Our Partners

The new Y builds on the success of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and will fill gaps in community services to benefit generations for years to come. We are grateful to our donors and partners for their support to make this project possible.

Sunderland Foundation

Tom and Jean McDonnell

Illig Family Foundation

William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee

The Kirk Foundation Trust


Be a Part of History

Because of you, our common vision of a healthier downtown community will become a reality. Every dollar raised for the Kirk Family YMCA will have a lasting impact on the people of Kansas City.

Support the Downtown Y

SS&C Technologies

Victor Speaks Foundation, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation

Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation

Kansas City Southern

Mabee Foundation

Dunn Family Foundation

Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Trust & Foundations

Jim and Annabel Nutter Family

Sherman Foundation


The Hearst Foundation

Frank and Nancy Kirk

Mark One Electric

Midland Properties

Helzberg - Shirley & Barnett Helzberg

At The Y

As the leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is looking for talented associates to help us make our community stronger. We'll begin hiring for the Kirk Family YMCA in the coming months. In the meantime, we have positions available at locations throughout the metro.