On November 26, 1996, the YMCA of Edmonton announced the name for the new YMCA in Southwest Edmonton. The William Lutsky YMCA Family Community Centre was named after a long-time YMCA supporter. Bill Lutsky, a Life Member of the YMCA, first joined when he was 13 years old and was an active member until he passed away on January 15, 2001. He told many of his YMCA friends that “he always felt welcome at the Y”. He was an entrepreneur in the oil, hotel and real estate sectors.
Construction of the new William Lutsky building began in August, 1996 at 1975 – 111 Street. Doug Peers represented the YMCA during construction of both the William Lutsky and Castle Downs YMCAs. Al Maydonik was Chair of the YMCA’s Facility Development Committee as these facilities were planned and constructed. The William Lutsky YMCA was dedicated by Wylie Stafford, President & CEO, and Terry Kilburn, Campaign Chair on November 6, 1997. It opened its doors on November 22 with more than 1,000 members. This new YMCA surpassed all membership growth projections. By the end of the year, membership had reached 2,600 and after one year of operation membership had reached 6,700.
YMCA MEMBERSHIP CARD
As a YMCA member, you are expected to present your membership card for identification each time you enter the YMCA facility. This process ensures security and accurate statistics regarding facility usage. Should you forget your card, you may continue to use the facility with presentation of picture ID or phone number at the YMCA Experience desk. Lost cards can be replaced at the YMCA Experience desk.
MEMBER GUEST PRIVILEGES
Members are allowed to bring an unlimited number of guests to the YMCA. All guests are limited to three visits per calendar year at the guest rate and must be signed in at the YMCA Experience desk upon each visit.
Plus Members can bring their children into the Membership Plus locker room on Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory Holidays. Children must have an active membership, be supervised at all times, and be under the age of 18 years.
As a shared experience for everyone to enjoy, our members, volunteers and staff all pledge to treat one another with respect and dignity. The YMCA of Northern Alberta is committed to practicing, demonstrating and upholding the YMCA character values of Caring, Respect, Honesty, Social Inclusion, Responsibility, and Diversity.
CHILD MINDING (PLAY CARE)
This pre-booked service is FREE for members (child requires membership) and offers parents the chance to utilize the facility while their children enjoy a safe, interactive and fun environment. A monthly theme and Active Start Physical Literacy are part of the Play Care Program.
Come play with your children in our indoor playground, which has a variety of equipment suitable for children walking to six years. No food or drink is allowed in the playground for children and parents. Socks must be worn at all times, and active adult supervision is required. *Not available at all locations.
ACCESS TO OTHER YMCAS
YMCA Membership includes full membership access to all YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatic Centres in Edmonton, as well as guest privileges to members at any other YMCA across Canada.
PLACING YOUR MEMBERSHIP ON HOLD
Going on holidays or just need a break? You can place your membership on hold at no cost! Provide written notice (at least five business days prior to your next scheduled payment) to place your membership on hold for one to six months. After your hold, your membership will be reinstated and your account billed unless we receive notification of a change (at least five business days prior to the end of your hold). Placing a membership on hold suspends all member privileges, including advanced registration.
Member Consultation and Feedback
The YMCA values the input of our members and provides the following opportunities for feedback:
- Comment Cards
- Online Feedback through OpenLine
- Member Advisory Committees
- Annual Satisfaction Surveys
For more information, please speak to a YMCA Staff Member.
Did you know over 800 volunteers work together with the YMCA staff to provide more than 24,000 hours of community program support each year? Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities that exist within our YMCA and the benefits of volunteering.
MEMBER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Volunteer Member Advisory Committee plays a key role in direction of your Centre. Its purpose is to give advice and feedback on operations of the branch from a member/participant perspective and to communicate branch information with other members. If you are interested in becoming a part of this group, please speak with the Membership Director for details.
Facility Rentals / PARTY BOOKINGS
Host your birthday party/celebration at the YMCA! You bring the food, decorations and party supplies, while we provide the facility! Party bookings include the use of either the indoor playground or the pool for up to 15 children/youth.
Please contact the front desk to make your booking.