Our History

Thanks to the hard work of many individuals, businesses and families, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA is one of the pillars of the Wapakoneta community! 

In 1996, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the Diocese of Cincinnati, generously donated 10.5 acres of real estate for the construction of an all new Y.

From 1992-2007, the Y operated the community outdoor pool.

In January of 1997, the Wapakoneta Riverview Community Center at 8 North Blackhoof, was donated free and clear as a start-up facility for the Y and was used for programming until closing its doors in November 2009.  The building is no longer owned or operated by the YMCA.

The building now known as "the Y" opened its doors in January 2000 after raising $2.5 million from the community.

In 2007, the Y conducted a $1 million campaign for building expansion, and in 2008, a new wellness center, storage garage and youth center were added to the facility.  The old wellness center also underwent renovation to become the new Community Room.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging had their satellite office at the YMCA starting in 2012, and the site served as recreation, fellowship and meal site for countless senior citizens in our community until they outgrew the space in 2014.

In August 2012, the Y remodeled the youth center into a second aerobics studio (Studio B) for fitness classes.  

In January 2013, the Y purchased 4.4 acres of property from St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Diocese of Cincinnati to bring the total campus to around 15 acres.

In July 2020, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, along with partners Mercy Health St. Rita's, Head Start, United Way of Auglaize County, Nourish U and Coffe Amor, opened an $8.5 million expansion adding about 20,000 square feet.  The current campus facility is around 65,000 square feet and includes a climbing wall, kids gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, coffee shop/restaurant, hot tub, saunas, child watch with soft play space, family locker rooms, classrooms, lobby with coffee shop and Nourish U, and a medical practice with x-ray, lab and physical and occupational therapy services.

In spring 2021, the Y opened an almost $1 million Splash Pad and winter ice rink for the community on the campus.

The Y continues to consistently run a lean and strong facility, and thanks to the support of the community we anticipate many great things to come for your Y and your community.