News & Events

  • Weather Closings

    January 12, 2018

    Please note, the downtown branch as well as the Y-Zone will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 due to forcasted weather conditions. There will be no evening classes.

    Also, all morning classes on Saturday, January 13, 2018 have been cancelled. The drop-in centers will be closed Saturday morning as well.

    Thank you for understanding. We hope everyone stays safe and warm.

  • New Sunday Hours

    January 4, 2018

    There’s never been a better time to join the New Castle Community YMCA. The Y kicks off the New Year with new extended hours.

    Beginning Sunday, January 7, the New Castle Y's operating hours will be extended to include Sunday mornings. Both the downtown YMCA and Y-Zone locations will open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:00 p.m. 

    “Our members spoke and we listened,” said CEO Dick Lyons, “It is our mission and desire to be accessible to everyone, so with that in mind we are extending our hours to better accommodate the needs of our members and the community.”

    The updated hours at the downtown New Castle YMCA are Monday thru Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The updated hours at the Y-Zone are Monday thru Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The new extended hours have also allowed the Y to expand their already robust group fitness class schedule. The Y has added a new TRX Suspension Training class at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays, as well as a new Gentle Yoga class at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Both classes will take place in the aerobics studio at the downtown branch. As always, group fitness classes are free to YMCA members!

  • Dallas Hartman Sponsors Learn to Swim Program for Local Children

    December 7, 2017

    Thanks to the generosity of Dallas W. Hartman, local school children are receiving free swim instruction and water safety classes at the New Castle Community YMCA. The Learn to Swim program is offered to students, grades second through fourth, in six different school districts, as well as local children who are home schooled.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. “The statistics on drowning are sobering. We want to help save lives by ensuring that children are knowledgeable about water safety and equipped with basic swimming skills,” said Dallas Hartman.

    Participating school districts include Laurel, New Castle Christian Academy, Union, Mohawk, Neshannock, and Shenango. The program includes a pre-assessment to evaluate each child’s skill level at the beginning of the session. Students are then grouped by skill level and receive small group instruction to help them progress to their personal potential. More than 600 local children are being served through the program, which will continue throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

    “We are grateful for Dallas Hartman’s support,” said Dick Lyons, CEO of the New Castle Y. “His dedication to our community through this program is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of local students.”

    To learn more about the how Dallas Hartman makes a difference in our community, visit his website.

  • New Castle YMCA Celebrates 150 Years

    September 30, 2017


    Many thanks to those who attended the YMCA Celebration Gala which was held on September 30, 2017. The evening looked back at 150 years of service to the community, honored the volunteer leadership that led the organization through those years, and celebrated the future of the Y.  

    Looking for last year's video? F ind it here --> View 2016 Salute to Courage Video

  • Silver Sharks Swim to Victory

    February 6, 2017

    The New Castle Community YMCA is thrilled to announce that our Silver Sharks Swim Team won their 3rd sectional championship. This marks three years in a row for the team.

    Although winning the championship was a great achievement, we are most proud of the overall character of these kids. We love watching them push themselves to improve on their own personal times, and cheer on their teammates and other swimmers. They are truly a class act! 

    Congrats - and keep up the great work!

  • The Y Celebrates the New Year with an Open House and Y-Zone Grand Reopening

    January 6, 2017

    There’s never been a better time to join the New Castle Community YMCA. The Y kicks off the New Year with an Open House and Y-Zone Grand Reopening at their downtown and Y-Zone locations on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Everyone is welcome to these free events. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, class demonstrations, family swim time, discounts, and tours of the facilities, including the newly renovated Y-Zone.

    Y-Zone Grand Reopening
    428 Eleanor Drive, New Castle, PA 16105

    Be among the first to see and experience the newly renovated Y-Zone, which now offers Drop-In Child Watch, new locker rooms with showers, a fitness studio and a completely new program line-up. New programs include the Y-Zone Youth Wellness Academy, which offers sports and wellness activities for ages 3 to 13. In addition to the new youth programs, the Y-Zone now offers a complete schedule of fitness classes. The Child Watch center, which is open to children ages 6 months to 8 years old, will be available during the Grand Reopening so parents can participate in class demonstrations during the event.

    Downtown YMCA Open House
    20 West Washington Street, New Castle PA 16101

    Guests at the downtown location will also be treated to refreshments, fitness demonstrations, and tours of the facility, including the recently renovated locker rooms. Parents are welcome to drop-off their children, ages 6 months to 8 years, at the Child Watch center while they enjoy a class demonstration of the many fitness classes available with a membership. Family swimming will also be available in the aquatics center.

    All January the Y is offering rolling discounts off their Joiner Fee. During these events, all new members who join at either location will have their Joiner Fee completely waived.

  • YMCA Salutes Jack & Nancy Flannery at Annual Dinner

    September 28, 2016

    New Castle, PA – “We need more Jack & Nancy Flannerys. That’s what this community needs. Given that, we could go a long way.”

    YMCA Board Member Dale Perelman’s sentiments perfectly summed up the feelings of everyone in attendance at Monday night’s Salute to Jack & Nancy Flannery dinner at The Villa. The event, in the tradition of the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinners, honored the late pillars of the community. The Flannerys dedicated their lives to lifting up New Castle.

    Jack Flannery’s twin brother, Dick, said the two learned about community service from their parents, both of whom devoted their lives to serving the community and especially the YMCA.

    “We grew up with it at the dinner table,” said Dick Flannery. “We would hear from our parents about what they were doing in the community. It became ingrained that this is what we do.”

    As an adult, Jack Flannery served on the YMCA Board of Directors for more than 30 years, including several years as President of the Board. Board members past and present recall a colleague who cared deeply about the Y.

    “He was the perfect volunteer,” said Board member Amy Fehrs. “He had no agenda. His agenda was for the greater good and to make sure the Y mission was always upheld.”

    “When Jack & Nancy spoke, people listened because of the affection for them and the respect for their opinions,” said Dr. Dennis Nebel, a former Board member. “Jack didn’t often speak but when he did, it was important and we listened.”

    Nancy Flannery devoted many years to the YMCA’s Diamond Girls mentor program. She was a part of it from inception and spent time mentoring both the teenage girls as well as their adult mentors.

    “She was able to look at the girls and accept them as they were,” said Octavia Payne, a fellow Diamond Girls mentor. “She brought serenity, peace and love for all people to us.”

    “She was like a best friend, because I would talk to her about everything. She would always listen,” said Allyson Hood, a former mentee of Nancy’s. Hood appeared in several productions at the New Castle Playhouse. “After every musical, Nancy would be there. She came to every single night. She was my biggest fan.”

    It was the Flannerys’ lasting legacy to the community that led the YMCA to honor them with a special Salute. At the close of the evening, Y Board President Randy Silverman announced that the Y has rechristened its annual award as “The Jack & Nancy Flannery Salute to Courage.” In the future, the Y will consider not just nominees who have faced adversity, but also those with the confidence to act on their convictions in order to improve the community.

    Friends & colleagues say the Flannerys left a lasting mark on New Castle.

    “They’re fundamental building blocks of the community,” said Dr. Nebel. “No question, we are weaker without Jack & Nancy Flannery. The hope and prayer going forward is that others will step up and attempt to fill their shoes.”

    Rev. Richard Kinney, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church where the Flannerys were long time members, summed up:

    “If everyone would have that hope in New Castle and love and commitment to New Castle as Jack & Nancy Flannery, this would not be a struggling town. This would be a destination.”

  • 150 Years: Share Your YMCA Memories

    August 15, 2016

    How has the New Castle Community YMCA impacted your life? That’s the question the Y is asking in anticipation of its 150th anniversary celebration next year.

    In 2017, the Y will mark 150 years of service to the New Castle community. The non-profit organization plans to commemorate its anniversary with a booklet and video. Leaders are inviting members of the community to share their stories.

    “The Y has served tens of thousands of people over the years. It’s been a part of nearly everyone’s family in one way or another,” said Beth DeVivo, Marketing Director. “We’d love to hear from those families. We’re asking anyone with stories, pictures, scrapbooks, memorabilia or artifacts to share them with us and help celebrate the story of the Y.”

    In addition to stories of the YMCA, the Y is hoping for photos and stories of the New Castle YWCA and the YMCA that served the African-American community, both of which ultimately merged with the today’s YMCA.

    Anyone who would like to share is encouraged to email or call the Y at (724) 658-4766. Calls should be directed to the Marketing department.

  • JCPenney to Support YMCA

    July 22, 2016

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  • Father's Day - More Than an Excuse to Buy a Tie

    June 17, 2016

    Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. 

    On Sunday, June 19, the New Castle Community YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.  

    Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use. 

    “We celebrate dads on Father’s Day and we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with adult role models who are committed, responsible and involved,” says Beth DeVivo, Marketing Director at the New Castle Community YMCA. “Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.”

    The New Castle Community YMCA offers a variety of programs that strengthen relationships between children and their caregivers such as Parent/Tot and Family Swim, Tumbleweeds, and our parent-coached swim team and soccer league. In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. To learn more about programs and activities available at here at the New Castle Community YMCA, contact our Member Services Desk at (724) 658-4766.


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