Gaston County Family YMCA

Central Family YMCA


The Central Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

615 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: (704) 865-8551
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Monday – Thursday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm-5:00pm (Closed June-August)

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed


Racquetball Reservation Schedule here

Request access to reserve courts here (must have a gmail account, note ADD TO RAQUETBALL in subject line) or email


YMCA Holiday Hours

YMCA Holiday Hours

All Branches: Wednesday, November 26 will close at 6:00pm

Central, Cherryville, South Gaston and Stowe: Friday, November 28 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Pharr closed  Friday, November 28


Check out our Facebook page for  up to date changes. Stay safe and warm.

Holiday Break and Spring Break Camp

Holiday Break and Spring Break Camp

The YMCA offers full day care during extended school breaks at both the Central and Stowe YMCA locations.  This includes Holiday Break 2014 and Spring Break 2015.  Full Day care will be provided for all registered at either a daily or 5 day rate.

Students registered for After School and/or Summer Camp at the YMCA are not automatically registered or charged for this program.  Specific Registration is necessary.

Care is offered:

Care will not be provided:

The camp day is from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm daily.

Please see the below registration form for specific dates and rates.

Registration Information and Form

Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball

Ages: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11

This recreational league teaches fundamentals while learning to appreciate basketball and refine physical skills using a small team size for all ages!  We focus on family involvement, team building, confidence, and developing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith with all of our kids.

Practice Locations and Information:Practice sites are offered at the Central YMCA in Gastonia and the Stowe YMCA in Belmont.  Practice options  are on Mondays at the Central YMCA, and Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday at the Stowe YMCA.  Teams will practice twice a week before games start on their practice day and Saturday.  Once games begin, teams will practice one time each week on their practice day.  There will be a break from December 23rd through January 2nd for the holiday season.

Season: Practices begin the week of December 15th, Games begin January 9th and 10th, 2014.  3-4 year olds will play games on Friday evenings, while 5-11 year olds will play games on Saturdays.  Games will take place at both, the Central and Stowe YMCAs.

Registration: Now – Sunday, December 4th, 2014

Volunteer Coaches Needed: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider volunteering to make an impact in your community.

Members – $52
Program Participants – $77


Download PDF Flier

Download PDF Registration Form and return to your local YMCA member services desk

The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose


The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.

Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.


Race series


Team registration form - email back to

Team flyer

More information and rules

2014 Winners: American & Efird, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

Group Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 years +

American Red Cross Progressive Swim Lessons offers water safety and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment for preschoolers. Simple lifesaving skills, basic  water safety, and stroke development is offered for children 6 years +. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Preschool Session Days & Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-5:30/6:00-6:30 pm
Saturdays  10:00-10:30 am/11:00-11:30 am

Learn to Swim Session Days & Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:00/6:30-7:00 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am/11:30-12:00 pm

Central Swim Lesson Registration Form 2015

Fees per session: 

Tuesday and Thursday: Members: $40   Program participants: $80

Saturday:  Members: $30   Program participants: $70

Race Results

Click on the links below for race results

Y-Races Series Update (Race 4 of 5): Males

Y-Race Series Update (Race 4 of 5): Females



November 29th – ChristmasTown 5K

November 8th – Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K; Age group awards 10 Mile & 5K

November 1st – Holy Angels Costume Dash 4 Mile, Age group awards

October 25th – Dannie Benjamin Missions Fund 5K; Age group awards

October 11th – On the Run 5K; Age group awards

October 4th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K and 1 Mile Cub Trot

TAG for Kids (Triathlon Around Gaston): Age group results

September 1st – The Burn (Labor Day 5K); Age group awards

July 18th – Grizzlies 5K; Age group awards

May 24th – Belmont Classic 5K; Age group awards

May 17th – CaroMont Community Challenge 5K; Age group awards; Let Me Run 5K

May 10th – Girls on the Run 5K; Age group awards

May 3rd – Mount Holly Springfest 5K; Age group awards

April 25th – Cherry Blossom 5K; Age group awards



December 7th – Girls on the Run Belmont 5K: Age group awards

November 30th – ChristmasTown 5K; Age group awards

November 9th – Spencer Mountain 10Mile; 5K;  Age group awards – both races

October 5th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K; 1 Mile Cub Trot

July 26th – Grizzlies 5k.  Photos of race night here.

May 25th – Belmont Classic 5k

May 4th – Girls on the Run Spring Race

April 26th – Cherry Blossom 5K

Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K

Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K

Race Results 

Click Here

Participate in the Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K this year! Proceeds benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Saturday, November 8th. Both races begin at @ 8:00 a.m. at Warlick School, 1316 Spencer Mtn. Road, Gastonia, NC 28054. Some GPS devices may note this as Ranlo, NC.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal”. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.


Register online here, call 704.865.8551, or download a form here.

10-Mile Fee:
» $30 until October 31st, $40 after November 1st

5K Fee:
» $25 until October 31st, $35 after November 1st 

Other Details:

Awards given in five year increments for male and female runners.

10 Mile Course Map; interactive features here

5K Course Map & Elevation Chart

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

How do I register online for the Spencer Mountain 10 Mile or 5K?

Will there be an early packet pickup?

Yes, early packet pick up will be Friday, November 7th at the Run & Walk Belmont, 200 Main Street in Belmont  from 10AM -6PM.

Can I walk the 10 Mile or 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. However, the 10 Mile course is limited to 2 1/2 hours so we can fully open up the roads to traffic.

Where should I park?

Please park at the field North of Warlick School. The church across the street does not like us parking there.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off ten miles in five towns 100 percent. Pets are not allowed for the safety of all runners. Strollers are allowed for the 5K (good luck).

How many water stops are there?

There are two water stops for the 5k and five water stops for the 10 Mile. Please stay hydrated.

What awards can I expect for my fantastic performance?

Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd per gender and in increments of five year age groups will be awarded. In addition, all 10 mile finishers will get a medal for completion.

Where can I find information on course layout and elevation?

Updated information can be found through by visiting  Map My Run

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Please have them contact Steve D’Avria at or add their information here. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Who made this all possible?

We had some incredible sponsors to make this race possible. They include Walk & Run Belmont, Precision Machine Company, Woodmen of the World, Lowes Foods, the Community Foundation of Gaston County, and Carolina Orthopedic Specialists.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Click here for more details.

More questions? Feel free to contact Race Director Steve D’Avria at  or (704) 865-8551


Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor Certifications


Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Stowe YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion. The participant will receive life guarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator.

Prerequisites — Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and 15 years  old by the date of the last class.

Session: December 29, 30, 31

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Members – $180.00  Program Participants – $230.00

Register online.

Water Safety Instructor Certification

Being safe in and around the water is an important skill to learn and share with others.  This class will prepare participants to teach swim lessons to children and adults as well as  other water safety courses. Possible employment opportunities upon completion.

Prerequisites — Swim various strokes for 25 yards, including butterfly, tread water for 1 minute. Participants must be 16 years old by the date of the last class

Check back for Spring 2015 Dates.

Contact Jeff Pesesky at or 704.822.9622 or Candace Hyde at or 704.865.8551 with questions.

Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.

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