YMCA to open Middletown Center on Sept. 18


The  Middletown Family YMCA will open its new $26 million facility on Monday, September 18th. 

The project, which came with support from the town of Middletown and the State of Delaware, will have the power to fuel economic development, improve community health outcomes, empower youth, and bring people from all walks of life together, a release stated.

Middletown is one of the fastest-growing communities in Delaware, and the Y anticipates serving 15,000 individuals annually through membership, community-based programs, before and after-school enrichment, youth sports, and summer camp. 

Middletown -area residents had been using other Y branches, including the busy location in Bear-Glasgow.

The Y will bring 300  jobs to the Middletown area and provide an avenue for first-time job-seekers.

The Middletown Family YMCA’s new location is 202 E. Cochran Street.  The 56,000 facility square-foot facility will be open seven days a week.


The center features:

  • Fitness center
  • Full-sized gymnasium lined for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball
  • Indoor pool (Outdoor pool and splash pad also included)
  • Children’s adventure zone with indoor play structure
  • Universal fitness options for individuals with diverse abilities
  • Multiple fitness studios (offering more than 70 classes per week)
  • Cycle studio with cinema.
  • Indoor and outdoor training center
  • STEM (science, math)  room for youth (homework help available)
  • Locker rooms

Kids can take part in private or group swim lessons, basketball and volleyball skills classes, as well as art and science STEM instruction. 

Fit Kids offers members aged 7-12 a fun-filled program that encourages team-building activities and a healthy lifestyle. 

The Y will hold Safe Sitters classes, where teens can learn first aid and child care safety skills to become certified babysitters. 

Adults options include  Zumba, Bodypump and Cycling. Active Older Adult programs feature both land and aquatics exercise classes, while the Young At Heart Social Club brings community members together with various activities such as painting and group lunches.

Another highlight of the new Middletown Family YMCA is the indoor play structure in the Kids Adventure Zone, the only one of its kind at a YMCA of Delaware branch. The  Kids Zone gives parents a free babysitting option while working out.
The Fitness Center offers many options, including cardio and weight-lifting programs.

The YMCA features more than a dozen pieces of Adaptive Fitness equipment for our members. The indoor pool is accessible via ramp with a gradual decline.

Additionally, the Middletown YMCA features an outdoor wellness space, made possible by the State of Delaware, with two full-sized basketball courts (open to the community), six pickleball courts (four open to the community, two operated by the Y), a splash park adjacent to the Silver Lake Pool.

“The YMCA of Delaware is excited to expand its footprint in the Middletown area, with hopes of serving as a community hub and second home to local children, families, and residents from all walks of life,” said Linda Risk, YMCA of Delaware chief operating officer. “The Y is known for bringing people together and providing a sense of belonging while we all strive to reach our full potential. We look forward to supporting family and economic stability, improving individual and community wellness, and making sure our youth in Middletown continue on a pathway to success.”

The new Middletown Y is anticipated to provide over $500,000 annually in financial assistance for membership and programs.

Middletown residents can learn about the  YMCA of Delaware here

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