YMCA to Open at Former Cardinal Gibbons High School

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last week the YMCA’s Y in Central Maryland unveiled preliminary plans for a new Y in southwest Baltimore at the site of the former Cardinal Gibbons High School. The proposed new center is part of the Y’s $16-million Invest in Baltimore’s Future: Mission Expansion capital campaign.

Once the $6 million required to build the new facility is raised, the Y will complete an adaptive reuse of the former Cardinal Gibbons High School gymnasium and Fine Arts Building as a centerpiece of Saint Agnes Hospital’s 32-acre Gibbons Commons mixed-use development. The new Y will serve as a community space and include a wellness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, group exercise studios, gymnasium, locker rooms, youth development and multipurpose spaces, stay and play, and more.

In addition to the proposed new Y at Gibbons Commons, the $16-million capital campaign also includes upgrades to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Y in Waverly and the Y in Druid Hill, as well as the expansion of youth development programs at and around all three new or redeveloped centers.

“Influencing the next generation and strengthening families and communities is what the Y is all about, and it’s why I’m so passionate about our Invest in Baltimore’s Future: Mission Expansion Campaign,” said the Y’s President & CEO John Hoey in a press release. “We know that ‘as Baltimore goes, so goes the region.’ That’s one of many important reasons we’re so focused on this campaign, including the redevelopment of the former Cardinal Gibbons High School into a Y. As much as any other community institution, the Y is extraordinarily well-poised to catalyze thriving community life, triggering generational change.”

The Y currently manages and operates youth and sports programs on the Babe Ruth Field, a turf field constructed by a partnership between Saint Agnes and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation at the former Cardinal Gibbons. Babe Ruth played high school baseball at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, which later became Cardinal Gibbons.

Gibbons Commons includes apartment housing, and a future Royal Farms Fresh Kitchen has been proposed.

Rendering courtesy of the Y of Central Maryland 


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