Our History2021-09-15T13:31:47-04:00

Our History

Build Upon a Better US

The Marco YMCA was established in 1977. The facility is built on property that was donated for the purpose of serving youth. We are the only human service organization in the area providing support for all ages and income levels in our three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Brief History

For 40 years, the Marco YMCA has been committed to helping children, families and communities reach their full potential.  The Marco Y was founded on November 14, 1977 when the current location was donated by Deltona as a branch of the Collier County YMCA. Today, the Marco Y is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. At the Y, we are committed to helping all people get access to the resources and support to thrive.   The Marco Y serves over 2,000 children in Early Learning, After School, Summer Camps, and Sports in East Naples, Everglades City, and Marco Island and serves over 10,000 members of the community throughout the year with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Marco YMCA is a 501(c)3 organization and through donations and sponsorships, the Y supports those who need it most, regardless of income level.

  • Property was dedicated to youth services in the 1970’s
  • Branch of the Collier County YMCA in 1978
  • Became an independent YMCA in 1985
  • Changed name to YMCA of South Collier in May 2019
  • 15,000 square foot multi-purpose building constructed in 1992
  • Four Hard Surface Tennis Courts
  • 25 yard lap pool with exercise/recreational area constructed in 1991
  • Baseball field constructed in 1996
  • Skatepark constructed in 1996
  • Expanded Nautilus Room and State of the Art Cybex Equipment in 1998, 2000 and 2007
  • Five Clay Tennis Courts added in 1999
  • Playground expanded with new equipment in 2001-2002
  • Skatepark reconstructed with teen center and retail store in 2002
  • Three additional clay tennis courts added in 2002
  • Airnasium and storage building constructed in 2004
  • Additional parking at north end of property added in 2007
  • 5,750 square foot youth development center constructed in 2015
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