Gaston County Family YMCA

Pharr Family YMCA

Welcome to the newest branch of the Gaston County Family YMCA! The William J. Pharr Family YMCA is located in the former Community Center within the beautiful, historic McAdenville, NC or better known as “Christmastown USA!” Please stop by the Pharr Family YMCA during business hours for a tour of the facility and to complete your membership application!

Address & Phone:

208 Main Street
McAdenville, NC 28101
Phone (704) 824-1131
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Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 3:30pm – 7:00


The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

Join us for the 1st Annual YMCA Labor Day 5K!

Monday, September 1st @ 8:00am

Accept the challenge this Labor Day, September 1, by taking on the Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park. This up and back race will begin at 8:00 am at the Linwood Road access and follow the winding gravel road just past the 1.5 trail marker. Space is limited.

Parking: Crowders Mountain State Park has reserved 44 parking spaces for carpooling runners.

Additional parking will be available at Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Road (0.7 miles away) and shuttle service will be provided.

The race is the 4th event for the Gaston Cup and 3rd in the Y Race Series.


Click below for:

Course map and elevation

Crowders Mountain State Park Map


Register online here or download the race brochure and registration form here and drop off at any Gaston YMCA or mail to 3210 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056.


» $25 through August 25th, $35 from August 26th-31st. There is no race day registration.

Other Details:

Awards will be given to the first overall male & female runners, and  five year increments for male and female runners.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

When and where is  early packet pickup?

Early packet pick up will be Saturday, August 30th  at Run Walk Belmont, 200 N. Main Street in Belmont,  from 10AM-3PM.  Day of race packet pick up will be at Crowders Mountain State Park Linwood Road access from 7:00 am until 7:45 am.

Can I walk the 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. We will not have an awards division for walkers.

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. Pets and strollers are not permitted.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Sign up on our online form coming soon. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support  the YMCA Annual Campaign. Through public support and contributions to the Gaston County Family YMCA and its branches, we are able to provide access to quality programs and services to everyone regardless of ability, gender, age, or socio-economic status. We thrive on serving as many people in the community as possible, but cannot do so without your help. Every day nearly 100 programs and services help shape our neighborhoods, but the call for assistance keeps growing.

Stowe YMCA Men’s Basketball League

Register today for our Men’s Basketball League at the Stowe YMCA.  This 16 years and older league offers fellowship and friendly competition beginning August 11, 2014.


Register as a team or an individual.  Open now through August 4th or until full.

Registration Form here.


Individual Registration – Members – $30, Program participants – $55

Team Registration – Each player on a team will register individually, and pay their member or program participant rate even if they are signed up on a team.


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA beginning August 11th.  Each team will play at least 8 regular season games followed by a tournament.  Teams will play no more than two games per week.

Team Limits:

8 player minimum, 11 player maximum


Ben Oeser at or by calling 704.824.1131.

Fall Youth Soccer

Fall Youth Soccer

Join the Gaston County Family YMCA for Fall Soccer 2014. Our recreational league is in our third season of a new curriculum with proven success, and backed by Belmont Abbey College Soccer Coaches!  This program allows children to progressively develop their skills with smaller team sizes, professional practice plans for coaches, and more opportunities for each child than ever before.  We focus on family involvement, team building, confidence, and developing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.  Register online or download the form below.

Children ages 3 – 12 will play in the following leagues: Under 5, Under 7, Under 9, and Under 13 years old.  Registration is open until August 28th.  Late registration will result in a $10 late fee if space is available.

When and Where
Practice begins the week of September 8th, and games will follow beginning August 15th. Practice takes place twice weekly on Monday or Tuesday and Saturday for one hour.  After the first week of practice, all weekday practices will include half practice and half game, and all Saturday practices will include half practice and half game.  All games will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA at 208 Main Street, McAdenville.

We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching a team this season by indicating your interest on your registration form.
  • Coaches Only Meeting is on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Pharr YMCA in McAdenville.
Uniform Provided
All players will receive a uniform top and socks.  Your child will need shin guards as they are not provided.

Register online!

Contact- Ben Oeser –, 704.824.1131.

Member – $52

Program-participant - $77

Downloadable Registration Form

Flyer to share!

Gymnastics and Sports Summer Camp

Join the Pharr Family YMCA this summer for Sports Camp and Gymnastics Camps!  These half day camps will focus on specific skills each morning as well as be a lot of fun!  Camps will be offered during the following weeks.


Week 1 (June 16-20): Gymnastics

Week 2 (June 23-27): Gymnastics

Week 4 (July 7-11): Gymnastics

Week 5 (July 14-18): Basketball

Week 6 (July 21-25): Gymnastics

Week 7 (July 28-August 1): Challenger’s British Soccer Camp (half and full-day options) Click here to register online.

Week 8 (August 4-8): Gymnastics

Week 9 (August 11-15): Gymnastics


Contact Ben Oeser:

704.865.8551 (ext. 101)



Summer Gymnastics Classes

Summer Gymnastics Class Schedules (June, July, and August)

Kindergym for ages 3 & 4.
JuniorGym for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorGym for ages 8-11.

YMCA Gymnastics is a class for boys and girls with age appropriate skills in tumbling, floor exercises, bars, vault, and beams! Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and other fundamental floor exercises are taught all in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere.

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Registration: Open
Please register your child and they will be placed in a class that suits their skills.  Preferences do not gurantee class days and times.

Days & Times:
Classes are on Mondays and Thursdays and run from 3:oo pm through 6:45 pm. Each class is 45 minutes long.

KinderGym: Mondays at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Thursdays at 3:00 pm.

JuniorGym: Mondays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.  Thursdays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:30 pm

SeniorGymMondays at 4:30 pm.  Thursdays at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced ClassMondays at 5:15 pm, and Thursdays at 5:15 pm.

Class fees: Non-refundable registration fee $20.00 per student

Members – $40.00/month
Program Participants – $50.00/month

CLICK HERE for printable registration form.

Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131.

Ballroom Rental

Have your next function in Christmas Town, USA! Great place to have your wedding, reception, Christmas party or your childs 1st birthday party. We have a ballroom that is approximately 36 ft wide and 60 ft long with beautiful hardwood floors and a fireplace with gas logs. Rental includes a kitchen that has ice machine, commercial size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and stove. We also have chairs and tables available for your use.

Rental Fees:

Four Hour Rental: Member $100 /Program participant $180

Eight Hour Rental: Member $200 / Program participant $360

Each additional hour: Member $25 per hour / Program participant $45 per hour

Weddings and receptions are subject to a $100 fee.

A refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve the space.

Contact Teresa Jacobs or (704) 824-1131.

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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