Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA Rendering

Welcome to the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA

The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will serve residents in the College Park area and surrounding communities. This Y family center will be a cornerstone of The Packing District, a transformational redevelopment coming to life through Dr. Phillips Charities.

To learn more about how you can support the development of family center through giving, contact Sonya “Coach” Crider, Executive Director and Michele Murrell, at [email protected].

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Why a New Y? Bridging Our Neighborhoods

As the metropolitan Orlando population continues its expansive growth, with an average of 107 people moving to the area every day from 2010-2020, the Y recognized a new central location was needed to keep pace with the increasing needs faced by greater numbers of residents in the community.

A timely opportunity arose to address this need when in 2018, Dr. Phillips Charities announced the development of a 202-acre transformational live-work-play community near Downtown Orlando called the Packing District. Dr. Phillips Charities then offered the Y a lead gift of $8.9 million and a prime 5-acre location to build a new Y in the heart of this new community within a new City of Orlando regional park.

This Y will be strategically placed on “the seam” to bridge together two socioeconomically diverse zip codes and a rich tapestry of surrounding neighborhoods to foster greater unity through equitable health and wellness access and activities.
This new Y will become a community beacon impacting thousands of lives for generations. The Y will have the potential to strengthen this community of over 70,000 and create over 100 new local jobs.

A New YMCA Comes To Life

With the support of Dr. Phillips Charities, the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family, the Wayne Densch Charities, and other generous donors, the YMCA of Central Florida is constructing a two-story, 33,000 square-foot YMCA in the Packing District. By building this new, fully-accessible facility, the Y will increase its ability to address critical health issues, social challenges, and unmet needs in our community.

The Williams Family

For many years, Leonard and Marjorie Williams were champions for our Central Florida community and the Y, sharing their generosity through the Williams Family Foundation and Wayne Densch Charities. Through the continued commitment of their family, their legacy lives on. We’re proud to have this new YMCA named in their honor.

Our Impact

The new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will extend the Y’s impact by connecting thousands more lives with a shared community space where:

  • Children develop important life skills and healthy habits, improve academic outcomes, and strengthen their potential to become future leaders.
  • Multiple generations and neighbors with diverse backgrounds and experiences encourage each other in their shared pursuit of healthy living and chronic disease prevention.
  • Families have fun, learn, and grow together.
  • Our community grows stronger.

Our Amenities

The new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will include single-entry access, designated gathering spaces, and the following:

  • Expansive Aquatics Center with a six-lane lap swimming pool and interactive splash pad.
  • Multi-purpose Boutique Studio Room for academic programs, wellness classes, and special events.
  • Child Development Area for children ages six weeks to 12 years.
  • Wellness Studios including free weights, a circuit area, a cardio equipment area, and teen and tween center.
  • Changing Area & Locker Facilities with private showers, restrooms, changing rooms, and lockers.
  • Multi-Purpose Gymnasium* scheduled for phase two construction

Through Youth Development

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The new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will help children overcome obstacles and have bigger dreams as youth from all backgrounds and diverse abilities connect with programs and positive role models dedicated to helping them learn, grow, and thrive.

Through this new Y, we will:

Expand early learning programs to better prepare kids for school

Designate space to deliver academic support and STEM programs

Increase access to vital water safety and drowning prevention programs

Through Healthy Living

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The new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will help all people take steps to live their best lives, no matter where they are in life, by receiving the support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure.

Through this new Y, we will:

Combat high rates of chronic disease and obesity through programs such as our Diabetes Prevention Program

Address the health and social needs of the aging population through older adult fitness classes and inclusion of insurance-based program access

Decrease health inequities among people of different backgrounds by ensuring access to all

Through Social Responsibility

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The new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will help our community become more united and grow stronger by inspiring a spirit of service that brings people from all walks of life together for positive social change as volunteers and advocates.

Through this new Y, we will:

Provide volunteer opportunities to serve as board members, coaches, and community service volunteers

Ensure all people can access our programs and services regardless of ability through the Y’s Annual Support Campaign

Have a more inclusive space with a facility that meets ADA requirements

Executive Director Sonya “Coach” Crider

Sonya “Coach” Crider has returned to her second hometown of Orlando to serve as the Executive Director of the Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA. Crider prides herself in leaving a community better than how she found it, making the workplace a family environment, and bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the forefront.

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Timeline and Details

July 2022

Dr. Phillips Charities awards the YMCA of Central Florida an additional $805,000 grant to help fund capital expenses for exercise equipment and pool shade at the Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA.

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February 2022

The YMCA of Central Florida hosts a community kick-off event to generate excitement and raise awareness of the need for additional capital support to fully fund the new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA.

Man after swinging golf club looking over golf course

December 2021

Community leaders and supporters of the Y participated in the Pro-Am Golf Classic, a premier fundraising golf tournament in Central Florida. The annual event is the YMCA of Central Florida’s major fundraising event that fuels our most critical programs and projects. This year’s proceeds supported the development of the Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA.

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November 2021

Members of the Williams family visit the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA construction site. Thanks to their generosity and support, the Y will be able to put its mission into action by creating positive change in the lives of individuals and families in Orlando’s packing district and beyond.

Image of a red construction crane putting up a tilt wall at a construction site

October 2021

The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA starts taking shape with the tilt walls going up. The newest family center is located at the planned roundabout at Princeton Street and Texas Avenue.

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September 2021

The YMCA of Central Florida announced Sonya “Coach” Crider as the new Executive Director of The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA. Coach brings more than 20 years of leadership experience and is excited to return to her second home, Orlando.

People holding YMCA banners while walking on a construction site wearing construction equipment

August 2021

The YMCA of Central Florida broke ground for their newest Family Center in Orlando’s Packing District. The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will be filled with the latest in healthy living equipment, classes, programs, and services to best meet the needs of the community.

3D Rendering of Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA Lobby

October 2020

Design development and construction documents for the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA go under review. The new family center is expected to open in Fall 2022.

Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA Rendering

November 2019

The YMCA of Central Florida announced the name of what will become its newest location. The Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will serve residents in the College Park area and surrounding communities. It will be the cornerstone of The Packing District.

March 2019

The YMCA of Central Florida selected general contractors Brasfield & Gorrie, engineers GAI Consultants, architects RLF, and owner-representative Foundry Commercial to design and build the approximately 35,000 square foot family center.

November 2018

Dr. Phillips Charities and the YMCA of Central Florida announced that Dr. Phillips Charities has gifted the Y with $8.9 million. This will go toward the building of a new YMCA family center in addition to the land on which the family center will be built.

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Thanks to the legacy of generosity on behalf of the Williams Family Foundation, Wayne Densch Charities, and Dr. Phillips Charities, this family center is set to open in 2022 and will go on to serve residents and be a cornerstone of The Packing District.

"The Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will be a welcoming place where neighbors on either side of Orange Blossom Trail. Families and individuals can get connected with new opportunities and our community will be strengthened for generations to come." Jody Alexander, Chief Operating Officer, YMCA of Central Florida

About The Packing District
The Packing District is a 202-acre transformational project centered at the intersection of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, preserving and recapturing a defining part of our community’s history while providing a vibrant base of living and commerce. Historic buildings will be integrated with new uses and connected to dedicated public spaces by new urban trails and a new 100-acre public park (gifted to the City of Orlando). This park is dedicated to health and wellness, education, arts and community, and sustainability. Preparations began to ready the site for construction in 2018. The project will continue to mature over the next 10–15 years as laid out in the four-phase master plan.

About Brasfield & Gorrie
Named among the "Most Admired Companies and Best Places to Work," Brasfield & Gorrie was established in 1964. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company consists of 3,000 employees across 12 offices. Brasfield & Gorrie took in $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017. The company has 220+ LEED® Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates with 127 LEED projects and 45+ seeking certification. They're #27 Top 400 Contractors by Engineering News-Record, the #1 general contractor according to ENR Southeast, and the #4 healthcare general contractor according to Modern Healthcare.

About Gai Consultants
GAI Consultants is an employee-owned engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm providing award-winning solutions and local expertise to worldwide clients in the energy, transportation, development, government, and industrial markets.

About RLF
RLF is a fully-integrated team of architects, engineers, interior designers, and planners that shares a passion for creating exceptional spaces through architecture. The firm continues to evolve as a distinguished practice providing tailored architectural, engineering, and interior design solutions for the federal, healthcare, educational, and cultural markets. Based in Baldwin Park, RLF’s influence has extended to four continents, 15 countries, and 32 states, advancing Rogers’ inspiring legacy of innovative design and high-performing places.

About Foundry Commercial
Foundry Commercial is a full-service real estate service and investment company with 300+ employees and more than 50 million square feet of management and leasing across the southeast and Texas. Foundry provides corporate services, brokerage, leasing, building management, and project management services and is the largest real estate service provider to religious and nonprofit organizations in the country. Foundry also includes a development and investment platform that is fully integrated into its services business, leveraging its local market expertise to control more than one billion in advantaged investment opportunities with its JV partners. Foundry Commercial was founded as CNL Commercial Real Estate in 2007 and launched as Foundry in 2015 through a management-led buyout.