McDonald Family YMCA

Building the connections that help foster a sense of belonging

In 2020, the YMCA of Greater Toronto will open the McDonald Family Richmond Street YMCA — a 54,000-square-foot Centre of Community located at 505 Richmond St. W., near King St. W. and Spadina Ave.

The McDonald Family YMCA will bring a much-needed health facility to the area, serving a revitalized Alexandra Park neighbourhood and its surrounding communities.

The new Centre’s current floor plan incorporates a full gymnasium, a 4-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, large conditioning and weight room, studio space, a community room, and three change rooms.

About the project

Developed in partnership with the City of Toronto and Build Toronto as part of the Waterworks Revitalization project, the new McDonald Family YMCA will offer a foundation upon which members can build the connections that help foster a sense of belonging. The project has been championed by the area’s City Councillor Joe Cressy.

The population of King-Spadina has grown thirty-fold since 1996 and is projected to reach 40,000 by the time the new Centre opens in 2020.

In addition to the new 54,000 square foot YMCA Centre, the Waterworks revitalization project will include affordable housing units, a 299-unit residential development, a public food hall and an improved St. Andrew’s Playground.

Through a competitive RFP process, Build Toronto has selected a partnership between Mod Developments and Woodcliffe Landmark Properties as the preferred purchaser/developer.

We will maximize our impact through a combination of community-specific programs and unique partnerships: our YMCA Centre of Community model involves co-locating programs and/or services wherever possible in order to better serve the needs of each community.

The McDonald Family YMCA is part of our ambitious Strong Start, Great Future Campaign to build new YMCA centres of community across the GTA.

Latest news

During the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s 163rd Annual General Meeting, Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO, announced the generous gift from Steve and Jenifer McDonald to support a new YMCA Centre of Community that will be named the McDonald Family YMCA in their honour.

On October 5, 2017, we celebrated our groundbreaking! Read more about this exciting day in YMCA history in this statement by Medhat Mahdy, our President and CEO.

How it's funded

As part of the YMCA’s $350M capital investment in the Greater Toronto Area, the McDonald Family YMCA will be funded through contributions from the City of Toronto (67%) and a combination of funds from the YMCA and donations from the community (33%). For information about donating or raising funds to support the McDonald Family YMCA, contact the Fundraising team at

Frequently asked questions

The facility will be located at 505 Richmond Street West, just west of Spadina Avenue.

Designs and program offerings are still being determined, but will include Health and Fitness, Camps and Youth programs.

We use a combination of research and community engagement to design buildings and programs to meet current needs and complement the programs and services provided by other Y centres in the area. As this project develops, we will work closely with residents, officials, and businesses in the community to determine a program delivery model that meets local needs and interests.

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