Gaston County Family YMCA

South Gaston YMCA

The South Gaston 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:

3210 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28056
Phone (704) 865-2193
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Monday – Thursday: 4:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 4:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 12:00pm – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Kid Zone Hours (5 – 9 years old):

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm


Togetherhood Volunteer Project

Togetherhood invites Y members to activate their social responsibility by participating in the Y’s cause to strengthen community. Togetherhood provides Y members with fun, convenient and rewarding ways to give back and support their neighbors.


Habitat Build Project

Join your Y friends and Neighbors as they support the community through Habitat for Humanity.  During this build our team will focus on the installation of doors and windows! 10 volunteers are needed!

When: September 12, 2015

Where: Meet at 7:30 am

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Visit your local YMCA to reserve your space at the front desk.

Printable Information Available – Togetherhood Habitat Information

For more information contact Sharon Stephens at 704.810.8594 or email today!

Active Older Adult Trips

Be Together with Friends!

Active Older Adults Fall Trips


We have exactly what you are looking for in terms of fitness, family, and community. Take a look at the fall schedule of both day and overnight trips. Each trip has limited registration.

Details will be shared as each trip approaches.

Wednesday, September 16th

Studio Movie Grill at the EpiCenter


Monday, October 19— Wednesday, October 21st

Fall Mountain Trip

Blue Ridge Assembly

Black Mountain, NC

Printable Information Available – Fall Mountain Trip Filer
Thursday, November 12th

Southern Women’s Christmas Show


Monday, December 7th

Christmas Spirit

Blue Ridge Assembly

Black Mountain, NC

 Printable Information Available – Christmas Lights Tour


Contact Sharon Stephens at or 704.865.8551


Gastonia Family Fun Nights


Join the Gastonia YMCAs this fall of one of their fun Family Nights! These events feature activities for the entire family to participate together!

Printable Information Available – Fall Family Night Flier

Keep your eyes open for more information on the Stowe Family YMCA Holiday Event.

More information will be available closer to each event.

Parents Night Out

Ages: 3 – 12 year old

Once a month the YMCA is THE PLACE for kids! Kids can enjoy an evening at the YMCA while keeping busy with actives such as swimming, baking, playing games, eating dinner, and being silly while their parents are out and about!

All children must be potty trained.


Stowe Parents Night Out Dates and Times: Fridays from 5:30 – 10:00 pm

September 11               November 6

October 9                     December 11

Printable Information Available – Stowe Parents Night Out Flier

Contact Mandy Lail with questions at or 704.822.9622


South Parents Night Out Dates and Times: TBA

Contact Yolanda Franklin with questions at or 704.865.2193


Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class

Be Rescue Ready!

Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Take a lifeguarding course available at the Central YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion.



Mandatory swim test includes: 300 yard swim (front crawl or breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lb. diving brick and tread water using legs only for 2 minutes.

Attendance mandatory for all session dates and must be 15 years old by the date of the last class.


September Class:
September 24 & 25 4pm-9pm

September 26 9am-6pm


Y Members: $180  Program Participants: $230

Printable Information Available – September Lifeguarding Flier



Central YMCA


Candace Hyde


The Burn: Labor Day 5K presented by CaroMont Health

The Burn: Labor Day 5K presented by CaroMont Health

Join us for the 2nd Annual YMCA Labor Day 5K: The Burn!

Monday, September 7th@ 8:00am

Accept the challenge this Labor Day, September 7th, 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: All parking will be available at Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Road (0.7 miles away) and shuttle service will be provided.


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.

Printable Information Available – The Burn


» $25 through August 31st, $35 from September 6th. 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, September 5th  at Walk & Run 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.

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 by contacting Candace Hyde at or 704.865.8551. 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, the Community Foundation of Gaston County, CaroMont Health, Thermal Conditioning, Blake Contracting, GNC, Carolina Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and Gaston Foot and Ankle.

If you are interested in sponsoring this or a different race please contact Steve D’Avria today!

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.

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:
Monday & Wednesday  6:30 – 7:00 pm
Saturdays  10:00-10:30 am/11:00-11:30 am

Learn to Swim Session Days & Times:
Monday & Wednesday 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am/11:30-12:00 pm


Fees per session: 

Monday and Wednesday: Members: $40   Program participants: $80

Saturday:  Members: $20   Program participants: $40

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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