The New Y at Robinwood Lake

Since the 1880s, the YMCA has been part of our community. We’ve evolved over the decades, adding locations and programs to meet changing needs.

An ever-changing community has led to a new chapter in the rich history of the Gaston County Family YMCA. Together with YMCA volunteer and community leaders, we’ve launched a campaign to build a dynamic new YMCA on Robinwood Lake. The new Y will take advantage of this beautiful and unique location, using the waterfront, forests and greenspace, along with a state-of-the-art new building, to bring the YMCA mission to life.

Click here to take a sneak peek!

As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by our values and our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The Impact on our community

SUPPORT FOR OUR NEIGHBORS: The new Y will be a place for all to experience the outdoors, focus on health and wellness, and experience their faith. The Y will also support West Gastonia by engaging partner organizations and providing programs that make lasting positive and social change in the community and it will continue to aid those who are financially in need by providing membership and program financial assistance.

NURTURING THE POTENTIAL OF YOUTH: Through programs such as afterschool, Read Feed and Lead, summer day camp, progressive water sports, swim club and swim lessons, Youth Sports the Y will keep children healthy and active.
IMPROVING THE COMMUNITY’S  HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: The Y will continue to address health disparities, including cancer recovery and childhood obesity.

What To Expect

Allow us to take you on a VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE TOUR of the New YMCA on Robinwood Lake! Click on the headings for closer look! Head inside the facility by clicking on the YMCA itself!

The 60,030 square- foot YMCA facility, which will replace the both the Central YMCA, on Franklin Blvd., and South Gaston Family YMCA, on Union Road, will incorporate traditional Y health and wellness activities, youth and family activities, aquatics, and progressive skill programs that reflect the natural surroundings and opportunities offered at the site.


View the First Floor

View the Second Floor


The Facility – The two-story facility will feature a Wellness Area overlooking the lake, indoor running track, gymnasium, multiple specialized group exercise studios, as well as an intergenerational community space.

The Aquatic Center – Our two-pool Aquatic Center was designed with both lap swimmers and swim lessons in mind. The lap pool will be set at 82 degrees while the recreational pool will be set at 86 degrees. This allows for multiple activities to take place at the same time.

Lake Access – The YMCA owns Robinwood Lake and will program this space for our Members to include boating, fishing, and special events.

The lakeside chapel – The chapel will be a multi-purpose space with the capability to host events, services, and family programming.   With seating for 100 and room for additional in the grass there will be ample space available for churches to hold Sunday service as well as families to attend a movie night.

The woods and trails – The initial plans call for over 2 miles of trails throughout the wood, a day camp village with the ability to tent camp, and spaces for quiet meditation.

The Hearth and café – The Y lobby will be defined by a beautiful hearth and healthy café. This pairing allows Y Members to build community, grab a bite with friends, and spend the entire day at the lake.



YMCA Ground Breaking Ceremony: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

On a beautiful day in May children from our YMCA Afterschool program had the honor of breaking ground for our new state-of-the-art facility on Robinwood Lake. This special event was attended by over 200 local leaders, members, staff, and officials.

Andy Warlick, Gene Matthews, Dr. Richard Rankin, George Henry, and Tony Sigmon shared the vision of the new YMCA and what it will do for our community. This site will feature a 34-acre reservoir, a 48,000-square-foot complex, outdoor chapel, miles of hiking trails, and 2 pool aquatic center.

Take a minute to view an video from the event.


The YMCA’s legacy will be ensure for future generations by providing new opportunities for families to make memories, youth to learn, young adults to thrive and seniors to stay active at a beautiful and historic site in Gastonia. Please consider making a donation online, with a pledge form, or by contacting Molly D’Avria today.

Will you help us grow and create a place that helps the whole community thrive?

Total Need: $20,000,000
Matching Gift: $8,000,000

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