McDonald YMCA…then and now

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When successful African-American businessman William McDonald donated a hotel property to the YMCA, it became known as the McDonald YMCA.

Today, the McDonald Community YMCA is located on E. Berry Street in a building constructed in 1970-71.  The current building includes a gymnasium, fitness center and multi-purpose rooms used for summer day camps and other teen programs.

A Silver Sneakers class at the McDonald YMCA

A Recent Silver Sneakers Class in the Gym at the McDonald Community YMCA

Former Como Hotel donated to McDonald YMCA

Former Hotel donated to YMCA by William McDonald


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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!