Hayes Taylor YMCA breaks ground for new facility
Yasmine Regester, Staff Writer | 11/1/2013, 11:38 a.m.
After a little more than a year of planning and fundraising,
the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA celebrated the building of a
new facility with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday,
October 23, at its new location at Barber Park.
“This is history today,” said Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins
at the groundbreaking. “We honor the past and set the table
for the future. This entire Greensboro community has
supported the YMCA and it’s amazing to see what the community
can do when they come together. The YMCA takes care of our
children, our elderly and does the right thing for the entire
The new Hayes-Taylor YMCA will sit on 20 acres of land at
Barber Park that includes 55,000 square feet of indoor
recreation and wellness space, and outdoor fields. The new Y
will continue its focus on youth development including a new
5-star daycare center, after school and camp programs, a
Teen/Intergenerational Center and a Kids’ Adventure Center.
Hayes-Taylor has served Southeast Greensboro for 75 years and
played an integral part in the Civil Rights Movement in
Greensboro with the A&T Four, serving as a community meeting
“Hayes-Taylor has been an anchor in Southeast Greensboro for
years and has had a tremendous relationship with the
community,” said executive director Col. Larry Burnett. “We’ve
served the community in a lot of ways and this facility has
grown with us.”
Three key areas Burnett said the staff will focus on at the
new Y include maintaining a first class aquatic center,
providing environmental classes on gardening, and healthy
living programs that will include physical and educational
activities for all ages.
Burnett noted that parents will be able to drive their
children to one location for sports practices and games
because the YMCA will now have fields for sports.
Greg Jones, president and CEO of YMCA of Greensboro said,
“We’re building a world class facility that everyone will be
Currently located next to N.C. A&T State University, the
school purchased the Hayes-Taylor building for $4 million in
October 2012 with the intent to expand their classroom space.
Jones said Y officials hope to be cutting the ribbon on a new
facility by the end of 2014. “It’s going to open up 20 acres
of space for parking and ball fields.”
Jones said the YMCA is just $1 million shy of its $11 million
fund raising goal, but he believes it is very possible to
achieve. “Now we’re in the public phase of the campaign and
asking the public to help us make this dream a reality.”
The new Hayes-Taylor will be surrounded by the Gateway
University Research Park, Gateway Gardens and all the
amenities of Barber Park.