June 12, 2020 Update

Oahe Family YMCA Reopening – Phase 3

  • Effective Monday, June 15, 2020
  • Men's and Women's Locker rooms and showers will be open

May 26, 2020 Update

Oahe Family YMCA Reopening – Phase 2

  • Effective Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Hours

    Monday-Friday 4:30AM-8PM

    Saturday 8am-3pm

    Sunday 10am-3pm

  • Daily Member Health Verification
    • Temperature check and health status verification upon entering the facility – if you feel unwell, stay home.
  • Age Restriction: Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied with a parent at all times
  • Members Only: No guest passes will be issued.
  • No Sweat Towel Service. We encourage you to bring your own
  • Group Exercise Classes - held in studio 1, gym or outside. 
    • Space will be limited to ensure minimum of 6' between participants.
    • Call to reserve your spot 1 day prior to class or drop in.
    • Classes will be posted here.
  • Family Swim - Swim times M-F 12-3 & 5-7; Saturday and Sunday 11-2. 
    • Families must call ahead prior to reserve time in 1 hour time slots.
    • Space limited to 2 families per hour (limit of 5 per family).
    • All children must have a parent with them.
      • Children under 6 must have a parent in the water.
      • Children over 7 must have a parent on the pool deck watching.

May 4, 2020 Update

Thank you for sticking with us! Since we closed our doors on March 15, we have provided virtual group exercise classes with over 30,000 views, initiated countless calls to our senior members and others isolated at home, completed grocery deliveries, helped pack boxes for Feeding South Dakota, delivered meals and much more. Without you, our loyal members, we would not have been able to continue serving Pierre, Fort Pierre and surrounding communities, as we have for nearly 50 years. 

Today, we are excited to announce that your YMCA will reopen on Thursday, May 14!


This will mark the start of phase one of our reopening plan. We have been working diligently to develop this plan with guidance from the State Health Department, local healthcare officers, the City of Pierre, YUSA and our board of directors. To ensure the safety of our staff and members, phase one includes new guidelines and policies:


Oahe Family YMCA Reopening – Phase 1


  • Effective Thursday, May 14, 2020
  • Hours

Monday-Friday 6AM-8PM

Saturday 8am-3pm



  • Age Restriction: Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied with a parent at all times
  • Members Only: No guest passes will be issued.
  •  Daily Member Health Verification

Temperature check and health status verification upon entering the facility – if you feel unwell, stay home.

No Sweat Towel Service. We encourage you to bring your own.

Area Closures & Modifications

·         Alternating cardio machines are blocked off to ensure social distancing.

·         Additional equipment, such as bikes and NuStep, are now available in the multipurpose room.

·         Locker rooms, showers and saunas will remain closed until further notice. If you need to remove items from a locker, a staff person will be available to escort you.

    • Restrooms are available near front lobby and basketball court only.
    • Child Watch and Kid’s Gym remain closed until further notice. We are planning for Summer Day Camp to begin June 1.
    • Group Fitness Classes suspended until phase 2 reopening to allow for necessary procedures, policies and staff training. Virtual classes will continue via Facebook live and ymca360.org.

     Area Capacities – Maintain 6’ social distance at all times

·         Basketball court - 16 individuals or 8 per half.

·         No pickup games at this time.

      • Basketballs can be checked out at front desk. Staff will clean before reissuing.


    • Track & Cardio Area – 20 individuals
    • Weight Room – 10 individuals
    • Cybex Room – 6 individuals

·         Aquatic Center - 1 person per lane.

·         Lap swim only.

·         Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and Noon – 7:30 p.m.

    • Y Pool – 8 individuals.
      • Hours: 10 a.m. – Noon, Monday – Friday.
      • Lap swim and water walking only.

Additionally, we will continue a rigorous cleaning schedule every day, and additional sanitation stations are available for individual wipe-downs of equipment. We ask that all members clean the equipment they use before and immediately after their workout.


For those who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, we are here to help with assistance. Through our Y Partners Program, we want to ensure that everyone can continue their efforts to stay healthy in spirit, mind, and body. Let us know if you know someone who needs help.


As always, thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these uncharted waters. The Y is so much more than a swim and gym, we are a movement of cause-driven members that respond when others need help. We will get through this together. We will be stronger together. Continue to stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also download our free mobile App (search Oahe YMCA in the app store) or visit our website: www.oaheymca.org


We can’t wait to see you back in our facility once again!

Aaron Fabel
Executive Director



March 25, 2020 Update

Dear YMCA Friends and Family,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility will not waiver. Our Y is working closely with local, state, and federal authorities, as well as with other Ys to respond to the unique needs of our communities. Per Governor Noem’s order to suspend or modify business practices, and as recommended by CDC guidelines and YMCA of the USA, the Oahe Family YMCA will remain closed until further notice.

While we all navigate these uncharted waters together, it goes without saying that the COVID-19 has created enormous uncertainty. However, how we all respond is within our control. As the Oahe Family YMCA works with local agencies to respond to the new challenges our community faces, we will also work tirelessly to provide our members with opportunities to connect, learn and build healthy lifestyles through our social media and other platforms. Our methods may need to be modified temporarily, but our mission remains ever strong.
Again, I want to tell you that we cannot do this without you. Your support today ensures our ability to work within the community, as we come together to put this pandemic behind us. As before, I humbly ask that if you are able to continue your membership to support our efforts, that you please do so. However, if this is simply not possible for you and your circumstances, please reach out, either by email at membership@oaheymca.org or by calling the YMCA at (605)224-1683, during the hours of 9 am - 4 pm, Monday – Friday. We will work with you to make the best of this difficult time.

We are thankful for your continued commitment to the Y as we all strive to keep our community safe, strong and vibrant.

With gratitude,

Aaron Fabel Becky Burke
CEO Board President
Oahe Family YMCA


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