Do You Remember The Old YMCA in Oneonta, NY?
If you grew up or lived in Oneonta in the 1960's, you probably remember the building pictured above. It's the old YMCA on Broad Street. Of course the YMCA has since moved to Ford Avenue. It's an interesting history.
Way back In June1878, the local Oneonta YMCA Association affiliated with the New York State YMCA and the ball started rolling on creating a permanent home for an Oneonta YMCA. Construction at the Broad Street location was completed and the building was dedicated on March 27, 1900. In 1930, the first indoor swimming pool in the area was installed for a mere $50,000 and of course that was a lot of money back then! As the Y became more and more popular and the demand for service increased, it became necessary to find a larger facility to house the Y. In 1963 a new home for the Y was found on Ford Avenue and a capital campaign to raise more than $700,000 to move the YMCA to Ford ave was started up. Ford Avenue is where you'll find the Oneonta Family YMCA today.