The Y is more than a gym. We’re the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening our Saint Louis community.

If you're looking for a gym in St. Louis with an uplifting environment, a community spirit and a unique focus on its members' well-being, the Emerson YMCA is just the warm, welcoming community you need to start your fitness journey. We're more than just a fitness center in St. Louis — we're a place for you and your family to build lasting relationships, develop a community focus and maintain your physical and mental wellness. We'll help you achieve these goals with a concentration on three core values: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.




Ken Strawbridge
District Vice President

Nia Jeffrey
Associate Executive Director

Frank Pfau
Aquatics Director

Bri Peoples
Youth and Family Director

Robert Kennedy
Youth Sports Director

Phedra Nelson
Sr. Program Director Membership/Health and Wellness

The Emerson YMCA is a full-facility YMCA complete with an indoor 25-meter pool, gymnasium, and fitness center. Other features of the facility include an indoor track, group exercise rooms, child watch area, teen hub, and a community garden. Group exercise and water fitness classes are included in membership and personal training is available. For youth, the Y offers year-round sports and swim lessons, summer day camp, and Before and After School Care at many area elementary schools. The Y is committed to ensuring everyone can enjoy the Y and makes financial assistance available. We offer a great variety of programs and activities that help people of all ages and abilities grow in spirit, mind, and body, and we work to strengthen community.

In 2020, Phase 1 of a 2 phase renovation to make much needed improvements to bring facility to the 20th century were made possible through a generous donation from the Emerson Company.

The Emerson YMCA began in 1947 when representatives from several community groups met
to discuss a petition signed by 300 high school students asking that a teen center be established
in Ferguson.

• Originally called the Ferguson YMCA, the branch served as an extension of the County YMCA (Mid-
County) until 1953 when it was granted branch status.
• The name was changed to Emerson Family YMCA in 1988 as the result of a generous contribution
by the Emerson Electric Company.
• Many updates and additions have occurred through the years, with an extensive renovation of the
original section of the building being completed in 1990.
• In 2000, the fitness center and strength training center were expanded, an aerobics studio and
family hub added, and improvements made to the softball/soccer fields.
• In 2020, Phase 1 of a 2 phase renovation to make much needed improvements to bring facility to the 20th century were made possible through a generous donation from the Emerson Company.

United in Community Health

Affinia Healthcare-Ferguson and the Emerson YMCA have come together to better support the community with resources for the whole family by opening a new Affinia Healthcare center directly adjacent to the Y! Check out what's available below, and call 314-814-8700 for an appointment.

Offering medical, dental, and behavioral health care, including immunizations, physicals, OBGYN/Women's Wellness, pediatrics, chronic disease management, and more.





Want to see more of our facility? Claim a guest pass and visit us today!

Indoor Track
Indoor Pool
Free Weights
Stretching Area/Equipment
Adult Locker Rooms
Child Watch
Teen Center
Community Garden
Family Locker Rooms
Community Kitchen
Cardio Equipment
Pickleball Courts
Sports Fields
Strength Equipment
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Our Annual Campaign provides financial assistance and subsidies to ensure all who wish to participate can, regardless of their financial situation. Growing our Annual Campaign will ensure that we scale and expand our programs into our most vulnerable communities. To ensure we are deepening our impact, we will innovate our programming to meet community needs.