We are thrilled to share an exciting update regarding the future plans for the Schewel-Clark Family YMCA. As we continue our journey toward revitalizing this essential community center, we are pleased to announce that we are moving forward with Phase One of our renovation project.

Phase One – Enabling Work: The Foundation Step

Phase One marks the crucial foundation step in our renovation process. Here's a breakdown of what Phase One entails:

  • Build New Mechanical & Electrical Room: We will construct a new mechanical and electrical room to house utilities, ensuring efficient operations and safety.
  • Pool Addition: A new pool addition will be built to accommodate the Aquatics Director, pool storage, and steam/saunas, enhancing our aquatic facilities.
  • Pool Improvements: Essential repairs and upgrades will be made to bring our pools up to code and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all members.
  • Preparation for Phase Two: The building will be prepared for Phase Two work, laying the groundwork for future enhancements.

We recognize that Phase One is vital for setting the stage for subsequent phases to proceed smoothly. By addressing critical infrastructure and facility improvements, we are creating a strong foundation upon which to build a vibrant and modern YMCA that meets the needs of our community.


The YMCA of Central Virginia is embarking on the most ambitious undertaking in our storied 166-year history. The successful completion of the Building for a Better US® Capital Campaign will completely transform our current Downtown YMCA into the new Schewel-Clark Family YMCA.

This "Y of the future" will provide an open, welcoming environment with critical new spaces for community health programs, youth education and support, individual and group wellness, and family programming.


On January 31st, Dominion Seven Architects, represented by Jason Burger, and Jamerson Lewis Construction Company, represented by William Cook, have unveiled captivating new renderings that showcase the potential vision for the future Schewel-Clark YMCA.

Watch the full presentation below and explore the innovative costs shaping this project.


"To me the Y has always been the place, perhaps the only place, in our society where any and all distinctions of age, gender, race, religion, and appearance, and socio-economic status are submerged in a true melting pot"

Marc Schewel
Chair, Building for a Better US! Capital Campaign


"The YMCA of Central Virginia is such a valuable asset for the Lynchburg community. The Y epitomizes the true meaning of a community partner, which is why I'm honored and excited to have been asked to join their Board."

Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar
President, University of Lynchburg

dr crystal m edwards

"Lynchburg City Schools supports and applauds the Y's efforts to deliver valuable educational experiences and resources for students, families, staff and the community. The expansion of the Downtown Y will provide our students with access to more off-campus enrichment programs."

Dr. Crystal M. Edwards
Superintendent Lynchburg City Schools

mary jane pryor

"Charlie and I appreciate the Y for so many reasons, in part because of the expansive community investment for programs that include all ages—especially children with so many unmet needs."

Mary Jane Pryor
Former Board President
YMCA of Central Virginia

sackett wood

"With the tremendous downtown revitalization going on, now is the time for a major transformation of our Downtown Y."

Sackett Wood
Steering Committee Member
Building for a Better US! Capital Campaign

tom capps

"Candidly, it wasn't until we were approached to make a leadership gift to the capital campaign that I became aware of the full impact the Y has in Lynchburg. They are about much more than just health and fitness. We were very impressed with the staff and the various programs they provide."

Tom Capps
Lynchburg Community Leader


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Mary Taylor

Association Development Director

YMCA of Central Virginia


(434) 660-4827