2000-2010: Working Together To Build Communities

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In the last decade, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth has found success in collaborative efforts to help the Y reach more communities while making the best use of its resources.  In 2000, the Benbrook Community Center/YMCA opened as a joint venture between the city of Benbrook and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.  The center, which was built by the city using tax-funded bonds,  is operated as a branch YMCA and serves as a gathering spot for the entire community.  In 2010, it celebrated its 10th year with a renovation and expansion of the fitness center, group exercise classrooms and child watch areas.

Benbook YMCA treadmills

Getting fit at the Benbrook Community Center/YMCA

Benbrook YMCA Class

Body Pump Class at the Benbrook YMCA

In 2006, the Hood County YMCA opened in Granbury as a partnership with the county and hospital districts.  The branch serves more than 4,500 men, women and children with 70 group exercise classes weekly.  Some of the classes are taught off site from the popular branch due to overcrowding.
Hood County YMCA

Group Exercise Class at Hood County YMCA

Aquatics Class at Hood County YMCA

Water Exercise at Hood County YMCA

Another collaborative effort involved the YMCA and the city of Fort Worth.  In 2008, that collaboration culminated with the Northpark YMCA opening, also a joint partnership in which city bonds funded the construction of the building and the YMCA underwrites the operations. 
Northpark YMCA fitness center

Wellness floor at Northpark YMCANorthpark YMCA Water Park

Northpark Y in Fort Worth

Northpark YMCA Water Park

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!