Hayes Taylor YMCA Opens New Location

by Terry Watson | January 9th, 2015
New Hayes taylor YMCA @ 2630 East Florida Street

New Hayes Taylor YMCA @ 2630 East Florida Street (Photo by Mykel Media)

After 75 years of serving southeast Greensboro, where we broke down racial barriers, built up our youth, trained future leaders, and helped our community meet their health, wellness and athletic goals, we have outgrown our current facility, but not our mission. In 2013 we embarked on an $11 million campaign for a new state-of-the art YMCA facility designed to serve both the current Hayes-Taylor members and the diverse, multicultural population of the Gateway corridor on the east side of Greensboro. We broke ground for the new facility in October 2013 and in January of this year we are finally open and ready to serve.

The new Hayes Taylor YMCA is located at 2630 East Florida Street – adjacent to Barber Park and across from Gateway Gardens. The new building replaces the original Hayes-Taylor facility, built in 1939 on a small lot along what’s now N.C. A&T State University’s western perimeter. The new facility’s location is one of the first sights citizens will see when entering the city from the east. It sits on 19 acres that has been leased from the city at a cost of $1.00 per year. The part of Greensboro it shares has been in need of a promising economic boost for several years, and because of the addition of the YMCA, Executive Director Larry Burnett believes that other businesses will soon follow and assist in reviving the area.

With a current membership of 1000 members, Burnett hopes to acquire an additional 1000 members at the new location. They have a five-star licensed day care program that will continue to offer services to children beginning at the age of 18 months. Additionally, Burnett says the center will be able to handle 12 toddlers and up to 50 school aged children. Burnett also boasts the new YMCA’s technological capabilities with computers, Smart Boards, and other interactive devices. The center also is connected to a kitchen where the program participants will learn how to cook and prepare recipes with items that are grown in a garden located on the campus.

Check Out The New Hayes Taylor YMCA

  • Pool with 4 Lap Lanes, Splash Play Area & Water Fitness.
  • Elevated 1/10 of a mile running track.
  • Expanded Locker Rooms with Additional Facilities.
  • Private Special Needs & Family Spaces & Extractors.
  • New state-of-the-art Fitness Equipment.
  • Expanded Fitness classes: Zumba, Kettle Bell, Silver.
  • Sneakers, Spin and more!
  • Personal Training, Youth Sports & Summer Day Camp.
  • Expanded Full Time Licensed Day Care & After School
  • Care with 2x the spaces of our current facility
  • 2 Dedicated Soccer Fields & Full Basketball Courts
  • Expanded Child Watch & Youth/Multi Generational Areas.
  • Ample community space
  • 280 well-lit parking spaces with easy access to the building.

Burnett says they had really outgrown their previous location on East Market Street. There wasn’t greenspace available for the day care center and the parking lot was not adequate. At the new 55,000 square foot location, Burnett says they will partner with North Carolina A&T State University and the NC Cooperative Extension office to increase the community garden space.

While having Barber Park as a neighbor, Burnett says he hopes this will help to make the community more aware of the new Hayes Taylor YMCA and the services it offers to the community. “I believe there will be a strong impact on the overall health and wellness in our area because of what we offer in combination with Barber Park offers,” Burnett says. It appears the new location is a refreshing start that not only the existing members of Hayes Taylor has been waiting for, but also what prospective members will soon enjoy as well.

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