About the Downtown Seattle Y

The Downtown YMCA has been a part of the Seattle landscape for almost as long as Seattle has been a city. First incorporated in 1876 by Dexter Horton and other prominent city leaders, the Y has continued to grow and adapt in order to meet the evolving needs of a growing city. The Downtown Seattle YMCA continues to be the place where anyone from every walk of life can find a safe community, and where anyone—regardless of income or background—can access the resources they need to live healthy and happy lives.

Serving Our Community

The Downtown Seattle Branch of the YMCA of Greater Seattle serves the Downtown, Belltown, First Hill, Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. It is also home to the administrative offices of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Camping Services, Accelerator YMCA, and Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum.

Our History is Seattle’s History

Founded in 1876, The Downtown Seattle YMCA is the oldest fitness and wellness facility in the Northwest.


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Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in coaching? Want to help with youth programs for a volunteer opportunity your whole family can participate in? When we all join, we rise together!

Have a general question about volunteering at the Downtown Seattle Y? Email us at downtownvolunteers@seattleymca.org

We Appreciate Your Support

Every year, we rely on donations to help ensure that all of the people in our community can access our services. There are lots of ways you can give, and we’re grateful for your help.

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Support Center

We've made it easier than ever to find member and account information with our new Support Center. Find instructions for managing your account, easy access to request forms, and a complete list of our policies all in one place.

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Financial Assistance

The Y values the richness that diversity brings to our community and shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and giving back. To ensure equitable access for all the Y offers affordable options at all of our 14 branches.

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YMCA360 is Your Virtual Y

From yoga to youth sports, YMCA360 is our exclusive collection of on-demand and livestream classes, included with membership.

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