The Ardmore Family YMCA will move into bigger and better digs once the final touches on their new old building are complete.
The organization is moving from its temporary Broadway Street location back into its former home at 920 15th Ave. NW. Originally opened in 1963, the space has been renovated into a 50,435-square foot structure with larger exercise rooms, more spacious hallways and new amenities.
“It’s got a lot of history and a lot of kids have been through those doors,” CEO Jana Weichbrodt said.  
The sauna and steam rooms will now be located on the pool deck. A new warm water therapy is in the works, but will not be complete until February.
“Everything is new,” Weichbrodt said. “The only things that remain the same are the gyms, which are now air-conditioned when they weren’t before, and the existing pool. We’ve put new lighting, painted and done some things to improve it, but it’s still the same pool.”
The new center will also have a multipurpose room for ping pong and other kid-friendly activities, new locker rooms and a larger nursery. An upgraded security system and new decking surrounds the pool and the center plans to expand their aquatic program once the move is complete.
The staff is also looking into adding pickleball, a game that combines the rules and trappings of badminton, tennis and pingpong, into their repertoire.
One of the exercise room walls exhibiting a tile mural featuring the old YMCA logo from the early 60s remains and was once part of the building’s exterior. Weichbrodt said she and the former director had to request special permission from the YMCA of the USA to keep the logo for its historical merit.
“The signs now are different,” Weichbrodt said. “They’re trademarked and you have to have them a certain way, so I’m really excited about this.”
Weichbrodt started working at the Ardmore YMCA in1987 as a program director before taking over as interim director in 2016 when former director Tom Riley retired.
“Tom Riley was the director and he was really the one that started it,” Weichbrodt said. “I went to him one day and said ‘Tom, could we just add 10 more feet onto the building? We need more room in our exercise area.’ It started with that.”
The center plans to open to members at 9 a.m. January 4, but those plans hinge on final inspections. Weichbrodt said opening announcements and updates will be made through the YMCA’s Facebook page at