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New Leader for Youth, Teen & Family Programs!

Charles Gordon has accepted a position with the Greater Peoria Family YMCA as the new Director of Youth, Teen and Family Programs. He will look to develop and implement meaningful social, recreational and educational programs that will help to engage, empower and educate members of the community. Charles’ mission is to serve as a leader, […]

3 Things You Can Learn About Yourself in Group Exercise

On the journey to better health and wellness, figuring out the when, where, why and how of exercising can be a daunting task. But group exercise classes can take care of many of these variables for you. The YMCA of Middle Tennessee has put together these great reasons why YOU should try the Y’s Group […]

Central Park Pool Collaboration

Collaboration means “to work jointly with others or together…” At the Y we are committed to building partnerships and collaborating with others in an effort to build a stronger community. I’m happy to share with you about a new partnership that the Y has established with the Peoria Area Water Wizards (PAWW), who operate out […]

What is Personal Training all about?

You take the plunge….you make the call….you fill out the papers….get your picture taken….and you are now an official member of the YMCA. You make a big plan to come 3 days a week. You may even buy a new pair of shoes. So here you are … scan your card, walk upstairs, look around, […]

Pool Update, May 31, 2019

Progress is happening for the Y’s outdoor pool.  Unfortunately, the unrelenting rain is still causing delays. This year’s record breaking precipitation has hit Central Illinois hard. Despite this, our contractors are working hard whenever the weather allows.  The lane lines are going down, which is one of the last steps before we can start filling the […]

Pool Opening Delayed

Due to the wet spring weather, the Peoria YMCA’s pool renovation has experienced delays. Despite everyone’s hard work, the pool will be unable to open this weekend, Saturday, May 25. While there is no snow on the pool, like in the photo, there is, unfortunately, no water either. “With more rain forecasted over the next […]

Annual Scholarship Fund Sends Kids to Camp

The Peoria YMCA is committed to making the Y accessible to everyone. More than 60% of the Y’s camp participants receive some sort of financial assistance. At the Y, it is our mission to turn no one away due to an inability to pay.  This year, we hope to do more – more scholarships for more kids to experience more Camp! The […]

Meet our Aquatics Team

  Meet Jessica Beach, the Peoria YMCA’s new Director of Aquatics, who will oversee the pool, swim lessons, lifeguards and the Safety Around Water Program. Jessica has always felt at home around water, and swam competitively for her middle school, high school, and college teams. She has worked at the YMCA in Salem, Oregon for […]

Share YOUR Passion

Are you passionate about working with children, specifically children ages 5-12?  If so, the Y could use your help! Our summer day camp program will serve approximately 150 youth this summer, many of whom come from at-risk environments. We are actively searching for volunteers who have a passion and skill in five particular areas (see below), […]

National Walking Day

April is Move More Month, with April 3rd being National Walking Day. Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and walking is a great way for anyone to add exercise to a daily routine. Here are a few benefits that walking provides, in case you need that extra little nudge to get moving: […]

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