For over 50 years, the Linwood YMCA located at 3800 Linwood Avenue has focused on helping kids and families in the urban area surrounding the center. After a strategic planning initiative completed about five years ago, it was clear there was still a need for the Linwood Y to reinvest in the community. The center had a longstanding history of providing quality programs like swim lessons, after-school mentoring, health screenings, nutrition classes, sports and fitness and wellness programs.
Now, thanks to a $10M renovation facilitated by NMTC, the YMCA can continue its mission of supporting the community for years to come.
The new Linwood YMCA, renamed the James B. Nutter Community Center, broke ground in July. The 40-year old outdated center is replaced by a brand new facility increasing the Y’s abilities to meet the needs of the under-served community. The renovation includes about 25,000 sq. ft. of additional space, a new entrance point and lobby, updated locker rooms, a teaching kitchen, as well as a large community room for meetings and team programming. The plans included an indoor aquatic center for year-round classes on critical lifesaving skills.
With a significant aging population in the Linwood corridor, senior programming and active older adult activities is revitalized. And, in a one-of-a-kind partnership with Truman Medical Centers, a freestanding 8,000 sq. ft. clinic on the property has a full-time medical staff to provide clinic services to families.