‘Y’ to sell Ardmore site, move to Haverford in 2013


The Main Line YMCA will move its operations to the new Haverford Area YMCA once the latter opens in the fall of 2013, the organization said Monday.

That means the operations of the Main Line YMCA will go from Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore to 891 North Eagle Rd., in Haverford, where the bubble gum factory used to stand.

The decision was made after a careful analysis to determine how to best serve YMCA members and the community, the organization said in a statement.

“The decision to move the Main Line YMCA branch operations is consistent with our mission to be wise stewards of our resources,” said John Flynn, president & CEO of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity.

The new Y will be a 75,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility with an 11,000-square-foot wellness center, three group exercise studios, a 9,000- square-foot indoor basketball court, an indoor jogging track, a Child Watch center, three indoor pools - one with a zero-depth entry for families - five separate  locker rooms, and a big parking lot.

The YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity plans to sell the Main Line YMCA property. All Main Line YMCA staff and members will move to the new facility.

Disclosure: we are members of the Ardmore Y; the facility is old and rundown, though the staff is tops. We will report on the new digs next year.