Our Y was incorporated on December 31, 1977, as the YMCA of Martin County and the initial President of the Board of Directors was Mr. Richard C. Geisinger, Sr. who our Stuart Branch is named after.
In June 1982, the YMCA signed a 99-year lease with Martin County for its present 52-acre site within the City of Stuart. Our main campus represents the largest in-town YMCA site in the nation. As our programs and services expanded over the year, our YMCA expanded from trailers, storefront locations, and local public and private swimming pools to the facilities we have today.
In 1992, the Board of Directors approved an ambitious multi-phase building plan for our Stuart location which concluded on October 1st, 2000 with the groundbreaking for a new childcare center (Teddy Bear Academy), locker room expansion, physical and massage therapy rooms, and outdoor sports fields.
On June 1, 2000, the YMCA of Martin County and the YMCA of St. Lucie County merged to form the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. The merger allowed us to expand our service area from one county – Martin to four counties – Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee.
During late Fall 2001, the YMCA Indiantown Capital Campaign was successfully completed, surpassing the goal of $4 million. And on November 8, 2001, the YMCA of the Treasure Coast officially broke ground on the Indiantown YMCA. Nearly, one year to the day, November 9, 2002, the YMCA Indiantown Branch was officially opened as the Louis Dreyfus Citrus, Inc. Branch. The branch features a 7,000 square foot child development pre-school that will accommodate 130 pre-school children, a 2,000 square foot multi-purpose room to serve an additional 100 children in quality after school programs, an 1,100 square foot fitness center with state of the art equipment, and a 25 yard heated swimming pool. In addition, a wide variety of programs are being delivered in accordance to community needs.
On the Treasure Coast, 2023 marks our 45th year of service to the community. It’s also the 36th year of our Easter House project, which is a major fundraiser for our services and programs.
The YMCA Board of Directors, staff and Treasure Coast community continue to pursue new community serve needs. The path is yet to be defined, but a candle burns bright as the YMCA progresses to the northern end of its service area. The YMCA is striving to reach all people of the Treasure Coast and meet the ever-changing needs of our growing communities. As our mission statement reads, we endeavor to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
Groudbreaking for Indian Riverland YMCA, Fort Pierce, 1964
YMCA, South 21st Street, Fort Pierce
News clipping, YMCA of St. Lucie County, 1970
Stuart groundbreaking, 1997
Pool is open as construction continues
Groundbreaking, Indiantown YMCA
YMCA Indiantown Grand Opening
We acknowledge that we are on the land of the Ais/Ays and the Taino Tribes who have lived here and Seminole Tribe who continue to live here. We recognize the Ais, Taino and Seminole Nations and their spiritual connection as the first stewards and the traditional caretakers of this land.