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New Franklin County Family YMCA Opens on Campus


The 20,000+ square foot facility is located in the College’s Fitness Center.

Last fall, the newest branch of the Franklin County Family YMCA opened on the Ferrum College campus in a 20,000+ square foot facility located in the College’s newly expanded Fitness Center on Wiley Drive.

Largely funded by a $400,000 Healthcare and Other Facilities grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the expansion added about 3,900 square feet to the existing facility, which was re-configured to maximize usage. An exercise class studio, lockers rooms and more room for fitness equipment are among the improvements.

“We are thrilled to welcome the YMCA to the Ferrum College campus. The missions of both the Y and the College share a focus on health and well-being grounded in a strong faith base,” said Ferrum College President Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten.  “This ‘town and gown’ partnership benefits not only Ferrum students, faculty and staff, but also the entire community.”

The Ferrum YMCA offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a variety of classes and programs as well as indoor racquetball courts and full size basketball courts, and access to the College’s heated swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts. Memberships are available to the College community as well as the general public.  

“The Ferrum YMCA is proud to serve the southwest end of Franklin County with our new location and to help each of our members improve and maintain their body, mind and spirit,” said Chris Rill, the Franklin County Family YMCA branch director at Ferrum College.

For more information, please contact Chris Rill at (540) 365-4446.

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See photos of the new Ferrum YMCA.

Read The Roanoke Times article about the new Ferrum YMCA.

See WSLS TV10's coverage about the opening.

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