Moving to a New Future

We're on a Mission for a Stronger Downtown St. Louis! 

The new Downtown YMCA at the MX will be open to members beginning Thursday, June 1, 2017

“We are excited to relocate our Downtown Y to a new facility that will give our members better fitness features and amenities, and allow us to continue to serve the downtown community,” said Tim Helm, president and CEO of the Gateway Region YMCA.  

The new Y is located at the corner of 6th and Locust Streets in the MX Building Development. We are excited to return to this corner where it all began in 1853, when 23 men met at the 2nd Baptist Church to organize a YMCA in St. Louis. We are looking forward to you joining us as we begin this next chapter in our long history of serving the Downtown St. Louis community. 

Join us for Grand Opening Week, June 5–9, 2017. 

  • Free 7 Day Guest Pass – Stop in and try us out!  
  • Win a FREE 3 Month Membership Daily* 
  • Win a FREE Personal Training 3-Pack Daily*
  • Win a Weekend Stay at YMCA Trout Lodge (one winner)
  • Win MX Movie and Popcorn tickets* 
  • Daily Giveaways! (while supplies last) 
  • Facility tours available at any time! 
  • $0 JOINING FEE***

Monday, June 5

  • 5:30–6 am: FREE SPRINTTM High Intensity Cycle class 
  • 11 am: Ribbon Cutting GRAND OPENING at the Y Plaza
  • 11:30 am–1 pm: Enjoy a light lunch (while supplies last), DJ on the Y Plaza 
  • 11:30 am–1:30 pm: FREE Biometric Screenings**
  • 12–12:45 pm: FREE Power Yoga class
  • 5:45–6:30 pm: FREE BootCamp class

Tuesday, June 6

  • 5:45–6:45 am: FREE Cycling class 
  • 7–9 am: FREE Biometric Screenings**
  • 12–12:30 pm: FREE Foam Rolling Muscle Massage class
  • 7:30–8:30 pm: FREE Hot Yoga class

Wednesday, June 7

  • 5:30–6 am:  FREE SPRINTTM High Intensity Cycle class
  • 9–9:45 am: FREE Tai Chi class
  • 5–7 pm: FREE Biometric Screenings**
  • 7–7:45pm: FREE Power Yoga class

Thursday, June 8

  • 5:45–6:45 am: FREE Cycling class 
  • 11:30 am–1:30 pm: FREE Biometric Screenings** 
  • 12–12:30 pm: FREE  QueenaxTM Group Circuit class 
  • 5:45–6:30 pm: FREE Cycling class 

Friday, June 9

  • 9–11 am: FREE Biometric Screenings**
  • 5:30–6 am: FREE SPRINTTM High Intensity Cycle class
  • 6:15–6:55 am: FREE BODYPUMP® class
  • 12–12:45 pm: FREE Kickboxing class
  • 4–7 pm: Party on the Y Plaza: Classes, tour, DJ, food (while supplies last)

Join us for the Party on the Plaza for a chance to win a cycle bike or a family summer membership to the Outdoor Aquatic Center at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex for Summer 2017. 

* One winner chosen per day. Must tour facility to be eligible.  Must be 18 or older.  Must follow guest pass policy for free class trials.

**Includes testing for Blood Glucose, Blood Cholesterol (HDL, LDL, Total), Triglycerides, Blood Pressure. Followed by a short consultation of results along with information about Y programs and services to meet each individual’s needs.

***Membership dues apply and access is subject to YMCA policies and guidelines. Please visit branch for details. Classes, programs and amenities vary per branch. Offer good June 5-9, 2017.


Here are the key things you need to know to get you ready for the opening:


The new location will feature many amenities, including a fitness center, state-of-the-art equipment, a spirit-mind-body studio and group exercise studio, private showers, changing rooms and steam rooms, an outdoor patio for outdoor classes and social functions, and an open lobby with free Wi-Fi, coffee, gathering and working areas.  It also will feature many of your favorite fitness classes, like BODYPUMP®, Kickboxing, and SPRINT TM, and some great new ones like Hot Yoga and POUND®. The new facility will also feature the Precor Queenax Functional Training System, which optimizes results, intensity and fun with guided small group and one-on-one training.

Key Dates

Thursday, May 25, 2017: This is the last day of operations for the Y at its current location at 1528 Locust. 
Thursday, June 1, 2017:  This is the first day the new Downtown YMCA at the MX will be open.

There will be THREE business days and the Memorial Day holiday weekend between the closing of the current location and the opening of the new MX location so we can move some equipment, finalize setup and update training.  As a reminder, membership at the Y allows you access to any of our 24 branches in the bi-state area, including our four other branches in the City of St. Louis – the South City Family Y, the Monsanto Family Y, the Carondelet Park Rec Complex and the O’Fallon Park Rec Complex.  We invite you to use any of our facilities until the new MX location is ready.

Downtown Y at the MX Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 5:30 am - 9 pm 
Friday: 5:30 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 7 am - 3 pm 
Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm 


Your membership rate will not change.  As a member, there is nothing you need to do to begin using the new MX location.


Plenty of parking is available at the new MX location in the Downtown East Garage located on 6th Street directly across the street from the branch.  The entrance to the garage is on 6th Street as well.  Parking fees are the regular market rate from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday - Friday. Parking passes are available for $1 for two hours on the weekend, and for those who depart prior to 8 am or arrive after 5 pm. Passes are available for purchase at the branch.

Thank you for being part of the Gateway Region YMCA.  We greatly value your membership, and we want to continue to be your destination for fitness and personal growth.  If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Downtown Y at 314-436-4100.  Be sure to also check out the latest news and updates on our Facebook page.