Douglas Dayton YMCA Opens in Downtown Minneapolis

January 25, 2018 06:56 PM

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the new Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis is now open.

The facility, which was under construction for 580 days, is five floors and encompasses more than 100,000 feet.

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It makes it the fourth-largest YMCA in the world, and officials say it will be used as an incubator to develop new and innovative programs, and to test new ideas for YMCAs around the world.

The building contains a video welcoming wall and lots of workout space. There is state-of-the-art equipment like a virtual reality planking machine – the only public one of its kind in the country.

There are functional training areas beyond just a weight room.

"You can do ladder climbs where you are testing your core strength while still playing around a little bit," personal trainer Elis Bradshaw said.

There are studios for group workouts with immersive music, and others for bike classes featuring digital tools to monitor personal workouts. 

And there is a rooftop area where soon there will be turf and shrubs. There, one can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee surrounded by downtown Minneapolis, or take a yoga class.

The facility's Equity Innovation Center is geared toward businesses, nonprofits, faith and community groups. It includes the simulator room, a place to discuss equity, diversity, inclusion and global realities.

"We will have some activities and hands-on learning exercise that you can go through," said Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls, the facility's chief social responsibility officer. "And it will challenge your mental models to think differently about how you see the world – how you see yourself."

The first-of-its-kind George Wellbeing Center, opening in May, will focus not only on body, but also on the mind and spirit.

"We'll actually look at not just your physical well-being, but also your purpose, environment, community, different things that really influence your well-being besides just your physical health," said Cassie Rood, the facility's vice president of healthy living. 

Douglas Dayton President and CEO Glen Gunderson said said he is proud to be focused on innovation.

The YMCA said there will be no increase in member prices at the new building.   

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Jessica Miles

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