YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Investing in our future


Over the past several years, the staff and volunteer leadership of the Wilmington YMCA were considering the needs of the community and the state of the Market Street YMCA. Built in 1965, the facility was not only expensive to maintain, it also wasn’t suited for the social and recreational needs of today’s youth, families and seniors. We knew something had to change.
Then came the fire.
In February 2015, a fire caused $2.8 million damage to the Market Street facility and put our plans on hold as we worked to secure alternative services for members and to create a temporary home for our Y.
While the fire may have delayed our plans, the need for our community is still clear:
  • To remain relevant to new generations of families, our programs and facilities need to be attractive and in good repair
  • Lifestyle-related diseases are challenging more people each year, and learning to live healthy is critical for all ages
  • Youth are particularly vulnerable, especially afterschool and during the summer months
  • Our community lacks social and recreational spaces

With that as our focus, we retooled our plans for Market Street, envisioning a dynamic new YMCA that can be the heart of community life in Wilmington.





NEW Welcome Lobby
  • New front entrance & welcome area
  • Spacious and open lobby
  • Expanded child watch & kids adventure zone
NEW Youth Wing
  • Designated wing for youth programming
  • Separate drop-off and pick-up area for preschool, afterschool care and summer camp
  • New outdoor play area
Expanded Health & Wellness
  • Four large group exercise studios
  • Expanded cardio area overlooking the gymnasium
  • Designated strength and free weight area
  • New state-of-the-art equipment
  • Functional training area
Sports & Recreation
  • Racquetball & handball courts
  • New aquatic play area
Community Gathering Spaces
  • Attractive spaces filled with natural light
  • Gathering spaces with comfortable seating
  • Healthier options for snacks and meals


Today, Wilmington is growing at an unprecedented rate, as are its needs. Our new YMCA facility is designed to meet not only our community’s current needs, but those of generations to come. This new state-of-the-art facility will provide our community with:
  • Safe, positive environments for more youth & teens to build character and values through afterschool, teen and youth sports programs
  • Welcoming and fully accessible environments for people of all abilities and ages
  • More opportunities for fun and safety in the water
  • Effective, high-quality programs and services for first-time exercisers and their families
  • Evidenced-based programs and initiatives that address chronic disease caused by lifestyle choices
  • Flexible gathering spaces for people of all backgrounds to connect
  • More opportunities for families to bond together
  • Support for people of all ages in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle 


Our $7 million campaign relies on the support of the community and people like you - people who understand the importance of meeting these community needs.

To date more than $5.1 million has been raised toward the $7 million goal. 
Support our capital campaign by contacting Sarah Gibbs at 910-251-9622 x245 or Sarah.Gibbs@ymcasenc.org