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In a few months, the public will have access to the full slate of amenities at the new Kirk Family YMCA in Downtown Kansas City

The 65,000-square-foot facility has opened in phases, kicking off in May with a summer day camp program for youngsters ages 5 to 12. The Y officially opens Oct. 11, with a ribbon cutting celebration to follow on Oct. 14. The community can get a sneak peek of the new Y with weekly tours starting in August.

“Traffic and energy are increasing downtown, and the new Y will be open to support the increasing number of workers returning downtown,” CEO John Mikos said in a release. 

To gear up for the opening, the Y is hiring 75 part-time employees. Visit for more information and to apply.

Construction began in November 2018 for the Kirk Family YMCA within the Lyric Theater, which had been vacant since 2012. The $35-million project was funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, about $4 million in state tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board and charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors.