On the surface, the YMCA may appear to a be a place a to go. A place where families, children, teens and seniors find a warm welcome, a place to gather, to exercise, to play, to learn, to find camaraderie. And the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is all those things.
In 1908 the first YMCA facility was built in Tampa. The 50,000 square foot building was on the corner of N. Florida Ave. and Zack Street. The cost of the building was $100,000 and was funded entirely through contributions from individuals. This YMCA brought Tampa its first gymnasium, indoor swimming pool and had residential headquarters to provide housing for young men when they came to the city.