The YMCA Re-Opens…YAY!


The Y is excited to be open at both locations.  Along with the excitement comes the responsibility of keeping our staff, members and community as safe as possible.  To that end we have made some changes that will be in place until our Y can safely and comfortably move into the next phase of easing up.  Below are some specific guidelines that will have an impact on your workout routines.  Some may cause more disruption than others but we will alter these when the time is right for safety reasons and following issued guidelines.


Operating under Summer Hours

Monday-Thursday            5:30 AM to 10 PM

Friday                                  5:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday                             7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday                                9:00 AM to 3:00 PM



Steam room, sauna and hot tubs will be closed until further notice.

Child Watch services will be suspended until further notice.

The Lounge (and coffee area) will be closed.

Limited locker room and shower room usage.  Members are encouraged to come to the Y in their workout clothes and leave in their workout clothes.

Towel service is suspended until further notice.

Social distancing regulations of 10 feet must be maintained while working out.

Pool will be limited to 20 participants and separated by lanes.  Lap swim, water walking, water exercise will take place individually in a lane.  There will be no open swim times until further notice.  The exception will be the small pool at the Southside YMCA can be reserved for family usage.

All members will be required to sign a waiver per our insurance company in regards to the risk surrounding the potential of COVID-19.

Masks are recommended for members and staff but WILL NOT be required.

The basketball court at Lake Otis will be reopen on Saturday May 20th, social distancing regulations will be in place.  Courts at Southside will be open for individual/family use. Reservations may be required.

Group fitness classes will resume on Monday June 1st.  Class sizes will be limited to ensure appropriate social distancing. Reservations may be required.

The Y will operate under drop in usage and we will maintain our group numbers by restricting access to areas once those numbers are reached.  However, if this becomes a problem, we may move toward a reservation system to prevent having to deny access to a member showing up to work out.  A reservation will then guarantee a time for your workout.



The Y and Staff will be conducting required cleaning on a strict time frame to accommodate recommendations and guidelines.  We realize that this may be inconvenient but we all know it is just something we will be doing for the foreseeable future.  We appreciate the patience our membership has already shown and look forward to easing back to serving our members in full capacity.



We have heard from many of our members who are excited and concerned about the Y reopening.  For those members who are in high risk groups you are obviously taking this reopening very cautiously.   We advise the same thing, if you are in a high risk group you may want to give more time before visiting the Y.  We are looking at options to make the facility available to high risk groups but have not came up with a strategy that can guarantee the level of safety that is required.  Being flexible and patient during this Phase of opening is going to be critical as we learn this together.  As things improve, more and more things will open up at the Y.  We are excited and at the same time being careful and cautious.  We are hopeful this next Phase of easing in our community will go great and get us to the next Phase.  Be Happy and Be Safe!!


Larry L Parker

CEO, YMCA of Alaska


  • ML says:

    I have missed my classes but will wait to get the notice that classes are starting up.Prior to the closing, yoga classes were already sanitizing and we were staying more than 6 feet apart so I know we can do it again!

  • john macneish says:

    I hope I can find somewhere to swim when I visit Anchorage!!
    I usually visit Anchorage for at least 2 weeks per year and I like to swim at the YMCA
    I hope sometime you are able to open for day passes. Thanks

  • Brad Schmitz says:

    Are you having any kid summer camps for a 10 year old? Your sight says open, your voicemail says closed, which is it?

  • Joe Sullivan says:

    Are classes being held, specifically interested in aquatic exercise classes.

  • Joe Sullivan says:

    I am a certified aquatic aerobics instructor (FITOUR, 2018) and have been a substitute instructor at Oklahoma YMCA’s for the past couple of years. I will be spending more time in Anchorage now and am interested in substitute teaching aquatic aerobics here as well. Nevertheless, I do not see that category of open jobs right now at the Anchorage Y’s. While I am in town now, I will be gone again from July 3 – 22, after which I will be in Anchorage more often than in Oklahoma. Do you know whether there will be a need for more aquatic aerobics instructors in the near future?

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Midtown Location (Main)

Anchorage Community YMCA
5353 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone (907) 563-3211


Southside Location

Southside YMCA At Dimond
800 E Dimond Blvd #3
Anchorage, AK 99515
Phone (907) 344-7788


Mat-Su Location

The Mat-Su YMCA is already working with other groups in the community to determine the needs of our local youth. LEARN MORE