1980-1990:Fitness, Child Care and More

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With the 80s, came a renewed emphasis in our country on physical fitness including aerobics classes and fitness centers.  Who better than the Y to help Fort Worth residents be a part of this new fitness  craze?  Four new family fitness centers were added in 1983 at the Northeast, Eastside, Westside and Southwest YMCAs.  In addition, the Downtown YMCA opened a newly remodeled and expanded facility with a new gymnasium, a 25-meter pool, racquetball and handball courts as well as a new child care center, called the Ella C. McFadden Day Care Center for children ages 2-5.

YMCA fitness photos

The 80s fitness craze hits the YMCA in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Downtown YMCA Expansion in 1980s
Fort Worth Downtown YMCA Expansion in 1980s
Newsletter article about day care opening
1985 Newsletter article about Downtown Y day care center

As the Downtown YMCA re-opened its doors to a new expansion in 1985, it also changed its name in honor of one of its greatest benefactors, Amon G. Carter, Jr.  It was then that the branch became known as the Amon G. Carter, Jr. YMCA, named after the former board chair, volunteer, generous donor and tireless advocate of the  Downtown YMCA.

A plaque was unveiled as shown in the newsletter article to the left which still graces the front of the Downtown YMCA today.
Currently, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth includes 13 branches and 11 fitness and wellness centers.  They may look a little different from their start in the 80s, but the goal of helping members stay strong in spirit, mind and body still exists today.

More Programs: Reaching All Ages

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Additional programs were strong in the 1980s including Youth & Government, parent/child programs like Y Indian Guides & Princesses, child care and camping.  Adults also became more involved as they began working out and joining exercise classes. Even Senior Adults became involved in fitness programs and transportation provided by the Y.

YMCA Youth & Government 1983

Youth & Goverment Students Confer At The State CapitalSchool-age child care flourished in the 80s.Adults Found the YMCA Was A Great Place to Get Fit

YMCA School-age child care

School-age child care flourished in the 80s.

Southwest YMCA Fitness Center

Adults Found the YMCA A Great Place to Get Fit


Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

Were you a YMCA member or participant years ago? Do you remember camp outs at Camp Carter or swimming at the Downtown Y? We invite you to share your YMCA memories in this blog – let us know what you remember or what you enjoy most now as a member of the YMCA. We can’t wait to hear from you!