Oahe Family YMCA Phase II Expansion

Creating A Better Us

Over the past 50 years, we have seen many changes in our community including the Oahe Family YMCA.

To continue to best serve you, our members, and address emerging community needs, we are expanding and renovating to overcome the challenges and limitations of our facility.

The overall goals of this capital project are to create:

  • Expanded cardio, weight room and track to provide more space for all.
  • New senior wellness center with track on the main level.
  • Expanded Kidstop and Summer Camp classrooms.
  • New 2nd gymnasium to provide additional programs and community events.
    • New lounge space to provide a safe and positive environment for social connections.

    Now, you too can be a part of this exciting time of growth by making a gift to the Oahe Family YMCA’s Creating A Better Us Capital Campaign. Pledge Form

    Phase II Kickoff Video

    December 1, 2023

    The roof is starting to come together! You can also see the new upstairs weight room taking shape along with the new basketball court.


    November 9, 2023

    Interior beams are being placed for the weight room and senior workout room along with bar joists and concrete top for the weight room.


    September 27, 2023

    The outer walls are starting to go up! It's now easy to see the layout of the new basketball court and senior wellness center. 


    August 22, 2023

    The outline of the new building is complete with just a little backfilling and retaining wall left to do. The elevator shaft is also starting to go up! 


    June 27, 2023

    We are seeing good progress in getting the section of the hill leveled. The expansion area is starting to take shape! 

    May 23, 2023

    The trucks are here and part of the hill is being leveled. Crews will work on removing dirt from the hillside to start preparing the foundation for the retaining walls.


    May 11, 2023

    Groundbreaking Ceremony

    The Oahe Family YMCA, officially broke ground during a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a $7.0 million expansion project that will enhance the Y’s ability to serve the community.

    As a charitable organization, the Y’s cause is to strengthen community. The Oahe Family YMCA is delivering on that cause by investing in this expansion in order to best serve the health and wellness needs of  residents, as well as to meet emerging community needs. The Oahe Family YMCA expansion is part of the Y’s “Creating A Better Us” campaign chaired by Scott Jones.

    "The YMCA has been an integral part of the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Community for over 50 years, providing a safe space where individuals of all ages can come together to improve their physical, mental, and social well-being. Today marks a significant milestone as we embark on a new chapter in our history, with the expansion of our facilities to better serve the evolving needs of our members and the broader community.

    This building addition is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our board of directors, staff, volunteers, and community partners who have tirelessly worked towards this vision. It is also a reflection of the tremendous support we have received from our generous donors who believe in our mission of promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

    We are proud to highlight that this building addition has been designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind. It will be a space where everyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, religion, ability, or socioeconomic status, can feel welcomed and empowered to participate fully in our programs and facilities."


    Q: What does the expansion and renovation project include?

    A:  The expansion project will include:

    • Two-story, 18,000 square foot addition to the back of the building
    • New Senior Wellness Center on the 1st floor
    • New entrance and lounge area on the 1st floor
    • New 2nd basketball court
    • Expanded Kidstop and summer camp classrooms (where the current weight room is)
    • Expanded cardio area and track on the 2nd floor
    • New, weight room on the 2nd floor

    Q: What is the timeline for construction and completion?

    A: We will break ground on May 11, 2023 and is expected to conclude in 13 months

    Q: What is the cost of the Oahe Family YMCA expansion and renovation project?

    A: The total cost of the project is approximately $7.0 million

    Q: Will this project affect the Oahe Family YMCA membership or program fees?

    A: No. The cost of expanding and renovating Oahe Family YMCA will be funded through donations and community support. However, the fees for membership and programs are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

    Q: Will construction impact how I utilize the facility?

    A: To minimize the impact on members, the expansion will be completed in phases and we will work with our contractors to mitigate disruptions for our members. As various areas of the Y are impacted, we will make accommodations when possible and members will be informed through this page on our website, email and signage in and around affected areas.

    Q: Will parking be affected by the construction activity?

    A: A portion of the far end of the parking lot next to the Kidstop entrance will be reserved for construction vehicles as needed.

    Q: Will the expanded cardio and weight room include new fitness equipment?

    A: Yes. Within the expanded space we have plans to include new equipment in addition to some of the current equipment.

    Q: Where can I receive updates?

    A: We will keep members informed about progress and any temporary changes that may occur through this page on our website as well as through email and our facebook page (Oahe YMCA).

    Q: How can I help?

    A: All in our community are welcome to contribute to the Oahe Family YMCA’s capital campaign. If you wish to learn more about opportunities to contribute to this exciting project and the future of the Oahe Family YMCA, please contact our Welcome Center today - 605-224-1683.