About the Skaneateles Y


In 2001, thanks to the efforts of the Skaneateles Recreational Charitable Trust (SRCT) and the local community, the Skaneateles Community Center opened.  The facility, owned by the SRCT, was operated by the Town of Skaneateles for ten years.  The Auburn YMCA-WEIU Board of Directors and the SRCT entered into a management agreement to operate the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center effective August 1, 2010.  The SRCT owns the facility and is responsible for capital items; the Auburn YMCA assumes all operational responsibilities. As a branch of the Auburn YMCA-WEIU, the Skaneateles Y operates as an independent site, serving the residents of the greater Skaneateles community, with its own staff, programs and operating budget.  The Auburn YMCA offers   administrative support and program resources. Establishment of policies, fiscal oversight and strategic planning for both the Auburn and Skaneateles branches is the responsibility of the Auburn YMCA-WEIU Board of Directors.The addition of the Skaneateles Y as a branch provides a unique value to the members of both communities.  Membership reciprocity allows Y members to use the facilities and participate in programs at either Y.

Programs & Services

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center offers programs for people of all ages,  abilities and incomes.  The Mary H. Soderberg Aquatic Center offers lap and recreational swimming, swim lessons, aquatic exercise classes, a water slide and waterworks.  Cardio and strength equipment, personal training and more than 60 fitness classes are available to meet the health and wellness needs of individuals of all ages and fitness levels.  School age child care is available before and after school, on school vacation days and snow days and during summer vacation.  Preschool programs, dance and theater arts, summer camps and free babysitting are available for children. The Allyn Arena, a year-round ice rink, is home to the Skaneateles Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team, the Skaneateles Figure Skating Club, the Skaneateles Youth Hockey Association, CNY hockey leagues, CNY Sled Hockey, skating lessons and special events.

 Where We Are Now

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community   Center enjoyed a very successful year by  virtually every measure. Our dedicated, caring staff is at the core of our success.

A few Highlights:

  • The Y’s operational deficit was reduced by seventy –five percent.
  •  Membership grew from 2300 to more than 3500 people, a 65% increase since
    August 1, 2010.
  •  More than 60 fitness classes are offered.
  •  Two-hundred 7-year olds received free swim lessons.
  •  Community support from the SRCT, SkanRaces.com, the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Clubs and the Skaneateles Central School       District was instrumental in enabling the Y to provide services and programs to thousand of local residents.
  •  Collaborations with local organizations, including P.E.A.C.E. Inc., the Skaneateles Youth Hockey Association, the Skaneateles Figure Skating Club and the Lightning Swim Teamstrengthened program services for the young and young at heart.
  • A new summer day camp engaged more than 50 campers weekly in fun, enriching activities, including swimming, skating, archery, science and nature exploration.
  • Scarecrow making during Fall Fest, gingerbread house building, New Years Eve Family festivities, our Community Block Party and the Lynne Cox Midnight Swim provided hundreds of children and families with healthy fun-filled activities.
  • The first annual Duck Dash, a collaborative venture with the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce and Laker Limo, raised more than $9000 for local not for profits

 Scholarship Services

As a charitable, mission-driven organization, the Skaneateles YMCA & Community Center strives to ensure that its programs and services are accessible to all who wish to participate. Our scholarship program provides financial   assistance to those individuals and families who are not able to afford  memberships or programs. Contributed dollars make this possible.

In 2012, more than $53,000 of membership and program subsidy was awarded, benefitting more than 300 individuals.  Children were able to participate in enriching youth programs, including before and after school child care, preschool, swim lessons, summer camp and art programs.  People of all ages, including families, seniors and young adults, benefitted from membership and program scholarships