Being a member of the YMCA is like becoming an active member in a community that shares your interests. A non-profit association, the Y is an active part in the Gaston County community delivering hope and support to thousands.

Membership at the Central Y also provides unlimited access to all Gaston County Family YMCA branches, access to all YMCAs in North Carolina, and most YMCA’s across the country.  This will allow you to use your YMCA pass at any YMCA across the USA (additional fee may apply).

Membership Questions? Call 704-865-8551.


  • Group Exercise – Over 40 classes! (see schedule)
  • Indoor heated pools (2)
  • Gymnasium, twin courts
  • Racquetball courts (2)
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Fitness Center, including state of the art cardio and weight training equipment
  • Male, female and family locker facilities
  • Multipurpose outdoor playing field
  • Playground
  • Game Room
  • Picnic Shelter

Programs free with membership

  • Wellness appointments and assessments
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Water aerobics
  • Child Watch
  • Family Nights

Y Programs with reduced rates with membership

  • Swim lessons
  • Youth sports teams
  • Pool parties
  • Parents Night Out
  • Personal training
  • Nutrition classes
  • Certified Massage Therapy
  • Afterschool care at elementary and middle school sites
  • Summer Camps
  • Teen Programs
  • Active Older Adults events


Your Y just got a whole lot bigger!  We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region.

Now, full facility/full privilege YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout our state, Upper Palmetto, and Virginia at no extra charge.  Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at the Y you’re visiting and enjoy free access.

Some restrictions and exclusions may apply.  Prior to visiting a Y we recommend members contact them for more information.

For a complete list of participating YMCAs visit here.  You can find more information and details about the program here .

Now get out, explore and stay connected to the Y!


Printable Information Available – Reciprocity Information


Financial Assistance

The YMCA is a membership organization open to all people. Through our annual Scholarship Campaign, the YMCA provides financial assistance for memberships and programs based on the needs of the applicant and the availability of funds. Individuals needing financial assistance may apply at the Member Services desk.
Download a Financial Assistance form

Corporate Membership

Encourage Your Employees To Be Active

If you work for a company that is a Business Partner of the Gaston Family YMCA, you may qualify for benefits ranging from 50% off the joiners fee to significant discounts for programs and other benefits. To find out how your company can become a Business Partner, contact Susan Blanton at

Bringing a Guest

Members are encouraged to bring guests when they visit the Y. Members will receive 3 guest passes per unit per year as part of the membership package. Members may purchase additional guest passes at $10 per guest. Guests who wish to use the facility and are not accompanied by a member will be charged $15.00 per visit. Guests must complete and sign the Guest Waiver form and show ID. A responsible adult, parent or guardian must sign the Guest Waiver form for guests under 18. Guests under 16 years of age must have a responsible adult present in the facility.

You are welcome at other YMCAs

Your membership card allows you to visit most other YMCAs anywhere in the country up to 3 times per month. Contact the YMCA you plan to visit for their AWAY policy.

Please visit the Gaston County Family YMCA, Central Branch, take a tour, and pick up a membership information guide for more detail and guidelines on membership.