Business Spotlight: Grandview Family YMCA
August 13, 2021
What services/products do you provide?
The Grandview Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people annually through youth & adult fitness training, group exercise, youth & adult sports such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball, afterschool programs, aquatics programs such as swim lessons and swim team, summer day camp programs, and family programs. In addition to brand new state-of-the-art facilities for wellness and exercise, the old camp facilities serve as a unique summer day camp where kids have a chance to have outdoor adventures, ride horses, swim, canoe, kayak, zip line, and more!
How long have you been in business?
“Camp Grandview” was founded in 1924 on 63 acres and functioned as a YWCO summer camp exclusively for girls. In the five decades that followed, Grandview evolved and grew into one of the 10 largest girls’ camps in America. It’s estimated that some 15,000 young women from around the south came through the gates of Camp Grandview during summers between 1950 and 1980.
In 1986, the YMCA of Greater Montgomery acquired the Camp Grandview property and the Grandview Family YMCA was born. The YMCA facilities and programs have evolved and grown with our community since that time.
Describe your business’ primary goals:
The YMCA exists to strengthen the foundations of our community. Our Mission is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that strengthen healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”
Is there something your business is known for?
The YMCA is more than just a “gym and swim,” it’s a cause. A major part of all YMCA programs has been an emphasis on character development centering on the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We at the Grandview Family YMCA look forward to continuing our tradition of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Tell us what you like most about being located in Elmore County:
We can’t have a great YMCA without great people. Having said that, the best thing about being located in Elmore County is definitely the people. The motivated and trained workforce makes finding quality staff super easy, and the generosity of the people here helps us ensure that no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.
Any interesting projects/jobs your business has done or been involved in?
The Grandview Family YMCA is proud to be involved in programs both on and off our campus through partnerships with the Central Alabama Aging Consortium and City of Millbrook, the YMCA staff, and programs at the Millbrook Senior Center.
Additionally, the Grandview Family YMCA is excited to be a partner in the “Fields at 17 Springs” sports complex that is coming to Millbrook.
Anything else you’d like to share:
The Grandview Family YMCA just completed a $2 million expansion. The primary objective of this expansion was to consolidate all the membership activities under one roof and ultimately serve more people. This expansion:
- Added a new Fitness Center (expanded from 1,800 square feet to nearly 3,600 square feet)
- Added a new 1,500 square foot Child Watch area with an indoor play structure and bathroom
- Enhanced the member experience for both beginner and experienced exercisers with the addition of the new “E-gym” equipment
- Converted the existing Fitness Center into a Group Exercise Studio and expanded the Group Cycling Room
- Added a new family locker room space to support the family recreation pool and summer camp activities
- Upgraded the gymnasium with the addition of a wood floor
If you’re not already involved at the YMCA, now would be a great time to look into a membership or programs there.