About the University Hills YMCA

The YMCA of Metro Denver has been part of the University Hills community for more than 70 years. From our campus, we currently serve: 

  • 4,000 members
  • 85 early child care families and
  • 2,200 youth sports families  

Over the years we have renovated our two buildings - the University Hills-Schlessman YMCA (Yale Building) and our Y Academy, Program and Administrative Offices (Colorado Building) - many times to expand our programs and serve more adults and families.  

Our Strategic Road Map & Vision

As part of our organization's Strategic Road Map and, as good stewards of our resources, we completed a review of all YMCA properties including the University Hills-Schlessman YMCA campus. We also conducted listening tours, focus groups and surveys with members and the broader community. This gave us insight into the societal and health challenges that our members and families face but where the Y was falling short.

To continue to serve members and our community, providing child care, health and wellness programs for adults and families, services for seniors, youth programs and activities for teens, the YMCA must have modern facilities equipped with flexible spaces to serve those audiences.

Campus Master Plan

The YMCA's nearly 6-acre property needs a master plan to allow the Y to serve as a true health and wellness hub and enable a full offering of services for the community.

Our partner, Y CoRe (a partnership between Confluence Development and Republic Metropolitan) will lead the process of engaging the surrounding community, designing the master plan and navigating the City of Denver's development process.

The YMCA will retain ownership of the portion of the land where our new facility will be built while Y CoRe will own the remainder of the land within the mixed-use campus envisioned to include much needed accessible housing; curated and community focused retail offerings; chef-driven and convenient restaurants; and community gathering places and open spaces. A true, well-community hub.

Community Input and Timeline

Community engagement is a critical component of this project. We want to build a place that reflects the community's desires, as well as addresses their needs.

Our community meeting in October 2021 was the start of many meetings and conversations over the course of the project. Outreach will include community meetings, in-person and scheduled zoom meetings, 1-on-1 coffee, walk and talk with adjacent neighborhood organizations, elected officials and other interested parties. Updates will also be posted online.

We want to hear from you. Have a comment to share with us? Complete our Comment Form.

We are in the early stages of kicking off the design process for the property. Our next community meeting will be held January 25, 2022. Please save the date - details will be posted soon.