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Peninsula Family YMCA Expansion Campaign 


The Peninsula Family YMCA has been serving the Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Midway communities for almost 50 years, initially in schools, churches and parks. Our structure was built in 1977 to provide a pool and community center in the current location. Additions were completed in 2005 and 2011, constructing new facilities to meet current and future service needs. We  continue to partner with neighborhood churches and local schools to provide programs out in the community. Over 8,000 community residents are served by our local Y in memberships or programs each year.

Our Y focuses on building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The area we live and work constitutes a diverse range of culture and socioeconomic levels, and the YMCA brings people together. While our community is a wonderful place to be, we face certain health, education and lifestyle issues. Our current facilities, built for previous generations and different purposes, are in urgent need for updates and expansion so that we can continue to make an impact for years to come.

Help us build a new Peninsula Family YMCA that better serves our local community.



Special recognition will be given for donations of $500 or more on our commemorative donor wall display. Consider honoring someone special by purchasing a commemorative airplane or cloud. Your name will be displayed for years to come at the T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA in appreciation of your generosity. This unique opportunity will only be available until December 31, 2019 - as construction will begin in early 2020. 



T. Claude Ryan was an entrepreneur and aviator, starting a flight school, building aircraft and creating the first scheduled passenger airline. Ryan’s company built Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” right here in San Diego. Claude and his wife Gladys created the Ryan Family Charitable Foundation and supported many causes in San Diego, including the YMCA. Renaming the Peninsula Family YMCA in their honor recognizes their values and legacy in our community.


Donors who give leadership gifts of $25,000 or more have the opportunity to name spaces in the facility, a room or an area on their behalf or in honor/memory of another. Please contact the Y if you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.

Gift Range: $1,000,000+ 

  • T.Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA

Gift Range: $500,000+

  • Haas Family Gymnasium
  • Rooftop Deck 
  • Wellness Center

Gift Range: $250,000+

  • Burnham Family Group Exercise Studio
  • Child Discovery Center
  • Group Exercise Studio 2
  • Jack & Dossy White Community Room
  • Sports Arena

Gift Range: $100,000+

  • Arthur & Ruth De Fever Outdoor Play Area
  • Bill and Valerie Anders Welcome Center
  • Cardio Center 
  • Patio Area

Gift Range: $50,000+

  • Jean and Jim Bowie Center Courtyard
  • Family Changing Rooms
  • Locker Rooms (2)
  • Therapy Pool

Gift Range: $25,000+

  • Administration
  • Krause Family Health & Wellness Office 
  • Nazarian-Riggs Family Membership Office
  • Morton Family Aquatics Office
  • Perfect 33 Foundation Youth Program Office
  • Wanke Family Executive Office

*BOLD marks naming opportunities still available. 



New YMCA facilities will allow us to serve thousands more people of all ages, giving them increased opportunities to grow in spirit, mind and body.

  • New facility entrance with access from multiple parking areas
  • 2,700 sq. ft. exercise studio with movable wall for one or two room setup 
  • Community program and meeting room 
  • Child Discovery Center with outdoor play space
  • Modern locker rooms with private showers and family changing areas
  • Expanded wellness center with state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment
  • 3,200 sq. ft. rooftop deck with ocean views for programs and events
  • Central courtyard with snack bar and gathering spaces