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Help Bring the YMCA Back to Fort Monroe

As a resident or a visitor to Fort Monroe you have probably seen the large, stately building with the white columns located next to the moat at the main gate entrance into Freedom’s Fortress.  This large building was the first YMCA ever built on an Army Post and it is rich with history.  The Fort Monroe Authority has been negotiating with the YMCA to re-open this facility for over two years.  We presently have a Memorandum of Understanding with the “Y” that allows them to study the building and the unique opportunity the facility would offer to the YMCA portfolio.  The YMCA is now asking for the residents and guests of Fort Monroe to participate in an electronic survey to indicate your level of support and interest.  The survey link is below and we hope that you will respond promptly to assist the “Y” in their evaluation.  YMCA believes that if sufficient support exists to generate new memberships to this facility, we will see this building re-opened at Fort Monroe.

To help you better understand what the YMCA will offer at Fort Monroe we can provide the following bullet points:

  • Open Monday through Friday……5:30am until 7:00pm
  • Open Saturday………7:00am until noon
  • Services would include a fitness center with cardio and strength training equipment, and stationary bike classes.
  • Group exercise classes will include aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, Boot Camp, and Zumba to name a few.
  • An array of programs and classes for adults, teens and youth
  • Facilities include a climbing wall, racquetball, lockers, and men’s and women’s saunas’
  • The “Y” staff is also considering outdoor classes such as a Beach Boot Camp, Yoga on the beach, Yoga on the balcony, Boot Camp throughout the Moat!
  • The facility also boosts an outdoor second story patio space that overlooks the moat and historic fortress.

We sincerely believe that the re-opening of this facility will be a milestone in the adaptive re-use of Fort Monroe and will provide exactly the type of healthy amenity that the residents, businesses, and visitors want to see and participate in at Fort Monroe.  We ask you to consider this outstanding opportunity and please review the survey.  Even if you do not want to join the YMCA at Fort Monroe, your response to this survey is important feedback.

It only takes a few minutes…..Please open this survey and we look forward to your response!  The YMCA has told the FMA that the opening date will be determined after we get the responses from the surveys.

The survey is now closed, thank you all for your participation, it is greatly appreciated.


Edwin Jones

I believe the “Y” coming to Fort Monroe would be a great opportunity for the immediate community surrounding Fort Monroe (i.e. Phoebus) to support and take advantage of. Having an organization that is focused on health and wellness such as the “Y” will foster growth individually and also within families. Not having the “Y” at Fort Monroe would cause people to miss out on the great opportunities that the “Y” could offer that would impact communities all around.

Valerie Weaver

Bring back the Y -the entire base should be a National park with properties rented out to support it’s self-

Thomas Koelsch

I would love to see the YMCA at Fort Monroe but closing at 7 PM is too early for people that still work. It needs to stay open until at least 8pm to give people enough time to get a workout after work.


Thomas Koelsch

Wendy Dake Koelsch

As a regular at the gym when Ft. Monroe was an active base, I was thrilled when I heard that the Y was going to take over the gym building, however, upon reading the hours I was extremely disappointed. As noted in the previous response, closing at 7:00 PM M-F limits the time those of us who work and/or can’t make it to the gym until a bit later in the day can get a workout in during the evening. I sincerely hope that staying open an additional hour will be considered because I’d love to start using the Ft. Monroe gym once again.

Bill Ernst

I also would love to see the Y at Ft. Monroe. As a former Fort Monroe employee working at Ft Eustis, it would be nearly impossible to make it for a full workout by 7:00pm

Mark Erickson

Sign me up. But closing at 7 p.m. is too early for working parents.

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