New YMCA Coming to Kent

Last updated: July 26, 2018, at 10:50 p.m. PT

Originally published: July 26, 2018, at 12:03 p.m. PT

New YMCA Coming to Kent 

Community invited to historic groundbreaking celebration

KENT, WA – On Saturday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local leaders and community members will join nonprofit YMCA and the City of Kent to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 50,000 square-foot state-of-the art Y facility coming to Kent, Wash and an expanded Morrill Meadows Park. The public event will take place between Morrill Meadows Park at 10600 SE 248th St and will include fun activities for all ages.

“Kent is a city of tremendous potential. There are over 125,000 residents and more than one in four of them under the age of 18. It has too few places where people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds can come together to be active and healthy, educated, and inspired by one another. The new Y will be one of those places for Kent,” said Nathan Phillips with the YMCA.

The groundbreaking will kick-off with a short program with YMCA of Greater Seattle President Bob Gilbertson and Kent Mayor Dana Ralph to commemorate the new Kent Y, and follow with free activities for all to enjoy, including mini workout sessions, music, light refreshments and snacks, and family-friendly games.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is raising over $27 million to build the comprehensive Kent Y. The new facility will offer community gathering spaces; an aquatic center with lap lanes and swim areas; gym, group fitness, and cardio spaces. The indoor facilities are complimented by outdoor recreation in the expanded Morrill Meadows Park. The new Y in Kent will bring a significant expansion of school, child care, and enrichment programs for youth. YMCA anticipates serving 22,000 people per year. Construction is expected to take about 15 months, with a grand opening in the late summer or early fall of 2019.

For more information on the new YMCA Kent Facility, visit For more information about the Morrill Meadows Park expansion, visit

About the YMCA of Greater Seattle

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is the Northwest’s leading nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1876, the Y reaches more than 238,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances annually through 13 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites throughout King and south Snohomish counties. It nurtures more than 92,000 kids and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community and engages 23,000 volunteers who contribute more than 388,000 hours of service each year. Visit


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