The YMCA's state of the art Wellness Center feature up-to-date cardio, upper body and lower body strength strength equipment and weight machines and free weights.  The is a track that surrounds the perimeter of the Wellness Center.  Nine laps is one mile.


The Aquatics Center features five swimming lanes, a children shallow area with water features and two water slide tubes.  LED lighting was installed A new pool deck was put on in 2019.  Lifeguards are on duty during pool hours.  Private Swim Lessons are available by appointment.

Pool hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM you can view a schedule of activities HERE

At this time due to large gathering restrictions, pool parties are not be scheduled


Hugh Chapman held a host of roles in Atlanta --- most notably as a key executive with what is now Bank of America and was instrumental in making the Chapman Center possible.  Opened in 2012, the Hugh Chapman Center has been a valued community resource. The Chapman Center's main open hall with metal shutters was remodeled and enclosed in 2018 and repurposed as a safe place for middle and high school students to gather, socialize, and learn.

The Chapman Center sits on a property a short walk from the YMCA on Hospital Drive.  Because of the location of the property, with beautiful view of Grandfather mountain,  the building is also used to host limited community events.


Martha Guy is a native of Avery County and lived here, except for her years at school.  She was a tireless advocate for western North Carolina, including our YMCA.  Martha was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society by Governor Roy Cooper in 2017 as a testament to her work.

The Martha Guy Child Development Center opened in 2013 to serve the youngest in our community.  It is a great resource for parents to have their young children engage in development activities while they visit the Wellness Center, Aquatic Center, or attend a Group Fitness session.


Do to social distancing requirements, drop-off care will be moved to the Arthur Youth Center beginning October 5th. The Arthur Youth Center will open Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm and Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm. Please note that ALL ages, 6 weeks-12yrs, will now be dropped off in the Arthur Youth Center in suite 110 of the Sloop Medical Plaza Lobby


John is a native of Avery County and has spent his adult life in service to the community and the state.  He, and other community leaders are the driving force of bringing a YMCA to Avery County.  He has served on the University of NC Board of Governors and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Appalachian Regional Health System Board of Trustees, the A.M.Y. Wellness Foundation Board of Trustees, and the YMCA's Board of Directors.

The Blackburn Indoor Athletic Center opened in 2019 to provide expanded healthy living and recreational opportunities in our community, especially in the hard winter months.  It features two high school regulation gymnasium basketball courts, volleyball, pickleball, indoor soccer and more.


Paul and Susie O'Connell are long-time supports of the Williams YMCA of Avery County as well as many other worthwhile projects in the region. The couple has received many honors, both individually and as a couple

The O'Connell Fieldhouse features two golf simulators, batting cages  and adjustable pitching machines for either hardball or softball, and a functional fitness area.


Glen and Carol Arthur have been both close friends and long-time supporters of the YMCA and many other causes in Western North Carolina, both though their personal gifts and through their family foundation.

The Arthur Youth Center hosts both our after school program and summer camp program for youth in grades Kindergarten through grade five.  The Center is equipped with a variety of elementary learning resources including STEM activities to engage children and pique their interest in science, technology, engineering and math.



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