YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development


Effective November 1 towels will be distributed at the Membership Desk Only. Adult members will be provided 2 towels upon entry into the facility at their request. The Y will discontinue the stocking of towels at the entrance of the Adult Locker Rooms and on the Warm Water Pool Deck. 



In the 1940s, a number of the executives of the Wiscassett Mills Company recognized the need for some type of community center or YMCA for the people of Albemarle and Stanly County.

By 1945, a decision had been made that Albemarle was to have a YMCA, the choice being made for this type of organization because it added a Christian influence to the regular community center work.

The formal opening of the YMCA was on July 5th, 1950.  The Wiscassett Memorial YMCA at the time contained 40,408 square feet of floor space.  Membership was open to all citizens of the county.  By the end of July, 1950, 1,500 members were reported as the membership campaign continued with cash prizes offered to individuals securing the most members.

The 30'x74' indoor swimming pool, funded by the Wiscassett Association, was opened in 1963, thus adding a new dimension of programming to the YMCA.

Until 1984, Wiscassett Mills was the sole supporter of the YMCA.  It was at this time that the Cannon family sold the mill to entrepreneur, David Murdoch.  As owner of Wiscassett, he decided to gift the facility and property to the YMCA.  Wiscassett Association Inc. bought the Ash Street Ballpark property and the pavilion/playground area across the street from the Y and gifted them to the YMCA.  At this time, a new board of Directors, consisting of Stanly County leaders assumed control.  With the loss of 85% of their revenue, it became a challenge for the newly formed board to raise the total budget for the YMCA.  A new corporation was formed under the name of Stanly County Family YMCA.  That ended the association with Wiscassett Mills. When it became evident that the local economy could not continue to support the YMCA as Wiscassett had done for 33 years, the board of directors began planning the YMCA's first ever capital campaign and building project. 

The Stanly County Family YMCA presently has 10 full time and over 150 part time employees, with a growing membership of over 5,000.  The 2013 operating budget is approximately 1.7 million dollars and facility space now exceeds 70,000 square feet. Total financial assistance for 2017 will exceed $300,000.  Thousands of individuals will benefit this year from various forms of financial assistance.

The present campus contains the Cannon Memorial YMCA Park, consisting of community pavilion, public playground, picnic shelter and playing fields while the main YMCA facility houses 2 racquetball courts, family gymnasium, regulation cool water pool, the Kean-Hartquest warm water pool, 6 locker room/shower facilities, sauna/steam rooms, chapel, fitness centers containing cardio theatre, extensive expanded free weight area and strength circuits, a family fitness center containing expanded cardio and strength equipment, a nursery center, cardiac rehabilitation department, youth game room, numerous meeting rooms and the Crook Chapel.

Multi-faceted programming at the Stanly County Family YMCA includes everything from swim to fitness, from 9 area afterschool and 2 summer child care sites throughout the county, from water exercise to yoga, from basketball to bible study. We truly strive to make people better.

Today's YMCA continues its strong tradition of serving for the Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our Open Door Scholarship Program for financial assistance.