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YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Reopening Guide

YMCA Reopening Plan: the following branches opened June 1, 2020

Thank you for staying with us during these incredibly challenging times. We are excited to announce that the following YMCA locations re-opened on June 1, 2020 with modified hours. Upon reopening, all Y members will have access to any YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth facility for added convenience during limited operations. Our staff and volunteers have been focused on helping our community through the COVID-19 pandemic and we are looking forward to seeing our Y family again soon. Please check back often as any new information will be posted here.

Last Updated: 7.8.20.

Branch Specific Information

Airport Area YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Friday: 7 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse will not open at this location until a later date.
Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Friday: 6 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse will not open at this location until a later date.
Benbrook Community Center YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13
    • Monday – Thursday: 5 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
    • Friday: 5 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
    • Please note: the pool closes 30 minutes prior to the facility closing
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse Hours (ages 18 months – 12 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.
Hood County YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Thursday: 5 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
    • Friday: 5 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse Hours (ages 18 months – 12 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.
Joshua Community YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Friday: 6 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse Hours (ages 18 months – 12 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.
Northpark YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Thursday: 6 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
    • Friday: 6 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse and Youth Zone Hours (ages 18 months – 12 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.
Northwest YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13
    • Monday – Thursday: 6 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
    • Friday: 6 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse Hours (ages 18 months – 12 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.
Ryan Family YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Thursday: 6 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.
    • Friday: 6 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse Hours (ages 18 months – 12 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.
William M. McDonald YMCA
  • New Facility Hours effective Monday, July 13:
    • Monday – Friday: 7 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    • Saturday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Schedules:
  • Y Playhouse Hours (ages 18 months – 8 years):
    • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • Click the link below to reserve a time for Y Playhouse:
    • Y Playhouse 
    • Please see step-by-step instructions below, if needed.

Y Playhouse Reservations How-To

  • Click on your preferred branch above to access the reservation self-scheduler
  • Enter your child’s first and last name as they appear on your Y membership account (a separate reservation is required for each child)
  • Enter your child’s date of birth
  • Enter your email address & phone number. Notes: this is the email address that will receive your registration confirmation
  • Click find me and then select the reservation date of your choice
  • Select your appointment type as Y Playhouse and click an available time – then book!

Open Swim Reservations How-To

  • We are no longer requiring reservations for Open Swim.

What Should I Bring?

  • Please bring a mask, workout towel and water bottle.
  • We ask that you wear a mask whenever possible, especially in common areas where other members are present.

What to expect:

As we reopen our facilities, we are keeping the health and safety of our members and staff at the forefront. Therefore, we’ve made adjustments within our facility and to our guidelines for use. The information below is subject to change at anytime as new information and resources become available.

  • All YMCA members over the age of 10 are required to wear masks when entering or exiting the facility. For more information, click here.
  • All members and participants are required to sign a new waiver prior to using the facility, one time only.
  • Social distancing, a minimum of six feet, is required.
  • Limited number of participants will be allowed in the facility and areas within the building. Some equipment will not be available.
  • Group Exercise classes will be limited but we will continue to offer virtual classes.
  • Water fountains and towels are not available so please bring your own.
  • Locker rooms and showers are open with modified hours (Monday-Friday 6am to 2pm)
  • All indoor pools will be accessible with limited activities and capacity measures when facilities open.
  • Open swim will be available at our outdoor pools starting Saturday, June 27th.
  • For a full list of expectations, please click here.

Help us all stay safe

Wear Your Mask

All YMCA members over the age of 10 are required to wear masks when entering or exiting the facility.

Wipe Down Equipment

Use the cleaning materials provided. Wipe equipment before and after your workout.

Keep Your Distance

Respect all signs regarding social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from others wherever possible.

Expect Reduced Capacity

At times of full capacity, you will be asked to wait in a designated area until space is available.

Temperature Checks

All staff will have their temperature taken prior to starting their shift and will wear a mask or face covering.

Stay Home if You’re Sick

CDC and state guidelines encourage seniors and other vulnerable populations to stay home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How has the YMCA prepared their facilities for social distancing?

We have taken great steps to prepare our branches for social/physical distancing. We have trained our staff and worked to follow local guidelines the CDC, Tarrant County and City of Fort Worth officials put in place. Examples of our social/physical distancing measures includes spacing out our equipment, limiting facility and room occupancy, and having staff wear masks where they interact with members. 

How will you monitor capacity limits?

Our Member Services team will have a dashboard of our facility count. We will be able to monitor our capacity limit as a result. We have created protocols to ensure we stay within our allowed capacity in our building and in each area. 

I requested a membership hold; will my membership automatically begin again when facilities reopen?

Yes, all YMCA memberships began drafting as normal when we reopened. If you would like to extend your hold for another 30 days, please complete this extended hold form. Your membership will automatically resume after the 30-day hold period. You must email [email protected] at least three business days before your next draft date if you need to extend your hold for another month.

Will group exercise classes be offered?

We will be offering group exercise classes when we reopen at a limited schedule and spacing. Some classes will be held in larger spaces to help with our social/physical distancing measures. 

Will temperature checks be required prior to entry?

We will be performing temperature checks on our staff as well as children entering Y Playhouse. We will also be reminding our members to follow our Member Behavior Policy which includes making sure they self-report if they begin to feel symptoms and stay home if they are feeling ill. We will also require members to sign an updated waiver prior to entering our branches. 

Will a mask be required while using the facility (staff and members)?

We will be requiring our front-line staff to wear masks that are in proximity to members and other staff. We ask our members to follow the guidelines of the CDC and our local government regarding wearing masks. 

Where is the coffee?

We are taking a crawl, walk, run approach to getting back to reopening our facilities. When we are ready, we will open coffee service again. There are many logistics involved with our staff preparing and serving coffee while running other operations and we hope to be able to add it soon. 

Why don’t you have towel service?

Towels are used to wipe sweat, soiled surfaces, and/or moisture from one’s body. Staff members would be responsible for gathering a large amount of those soiled towels to launder them. This poses a greater risk to our staff members and we decided to discontinue towel service temporarily as a result. 

Will you offer summer day camp?

Yes! We are offering Day Camp at 6 locations this summer! Campers will have a variety of activities that are designed to ensure social distancing while still having fun including: crafts, enrichment, reading, health & wellness, swimming as well as free choice activities. For more information, or to register online, click here.

Will you offer summer swim lessons?

Yes – we are excited to offer swim lessons this summer! While our program offerings may look different from what we have provided in the past, we can’t wait to be back in the water with you and/or your child.

  • Register for Private Swim Lessons online by clicking here
  • You can also build your own group lesson where you decide who you want to share the water with (4-5 participants). To find out more about this option, please email [email protected]