Business Spotlight: Renovated YMCA on Herschel Ave. in La Jolla to open Dec. 1


The La Jolla YMCA announced that its newly renovated facility will open to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 as the Shepherd YMCA Firehouse.

The century-old property at 7877 Herschel Ave. in the Village of La Jolla began its seven-month, $1.5 million restoration and renovation project in June. It will reopen as new, modern facility better equipped to serve the community for generations to come.

“We are so excited to reopen this new facility to the La Jolla community,” said Sue Ball, regional vice-president for the YMCA of San Diego County and executive director of the location. “This new Y will allow us to help more of the community improve their healthy lifestyles.”

The facility will feature an open concept Wellness Center with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, as well as changing rooms with showers. Multi-purpose studios will provide space for group exercise classes, as well as youth programs like gymnastics and karate. The facility will specialize in small group training and premium classes as well as customized family wellness programs.

To celebrate the opening, the YMCA will host a Grand Opening Celebration 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. The public is welcome to attend this festive event, which will feature entertainment, performances and giveaways.

The project is part of a larger Capital Campaign, which includes the expansion and renovation of the Y’s main location on Cliffridge Avenue. After 50 years, the La Jolla YMCA is in dire need of a renovation. This summer, the branch launched an extensive expansion and renovation project that will include the addition of a state-of-the-art aquatics center, a spectacular fitness facility, new locker rooms, as well as new childcare, day care and studio spaces.

Serving more than 18,000 people per year at this location alone (2,000 of whom receive financial assistance), the non-profit La Jolla YMCA relies on the support of the community.

To learn more, visit

••• Shepherd YMCA Firehouse, 7877 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. (858) 551-9622

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