YMCA of Hutchinson & Reno County
Part of our community, part of your life.
1876 – Methodist Minister T.J. Templin, the first YMCA President, held the first public meeting of the Hutchinson YMCA.
1890 – YMCA activities are held in a few upstairs rooms over the American National Bank at 22 North Main.
1911 – The YMCA building is completed at 1st and Walnut.
1959 – The YMCA building is in dire need of repair and is consequently sold and razed.
1960 – The YMCA purchases a ranch in Arlington, and rents space for offices and a health club at 23 East 1st Avenue.
1964 – A new building is completed at 716 E 13th Avenue which is our current location.
1974 – Four racquetball courts are added to the existing building.
1978 – The YMCA adds a gymnasium, women’s and men’s locker rooms, lobby, multi-purpose room and office space to the existing building.
1998 – The YMCA dedicates an expanded, renovated building featuring a new weight-room, cardio center, nursery, office space, lobby, lap-pool and whirlpool.
2010 – For the first time in 43 years, the Y is unveiling a new brand strategy. The strategy is designed to increase understanding of the impact the organization makes in the community so that more people take advantage of the Y’s unique capacity to foster lasting personal and social change.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a good community comes together for the common good.
During its long and distinguished history, YMCA’s have been known for their tradition of program innovations to better serve members and communities. The following are just a few YMCA “firsts” given to us all:
Volleyball – Created by the YMCA in 1895.
Racquetball – Originated by Joe Solbeck in the Greenwich, Connecticut YMCA.
Softball – Developed by a physical director in the Denver YMCA.
Basketball – Originated by the YMCA at Springfield College, Massachusetts in 1891.
Father’s Day – The first Father’s Day is observed at the Spokane, Washington, YMCA.
Boy Scouts – Originated under YMCA leadership. The first Chief Scout Executive was a Washington, DC YMCA volunteer.
Peace Corps – President John F. Kennedy founds the Peace Corps, patterned after the YMCA World Service program started more than 70 years before.