Restore. Renew. Rebuild.

We are pleased to announce the renovation and extensive remodel of the La Jolla Firehouse YMCA located at 7877 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla. Renovations will start just as soon as we have completed the permitting process, our best estimation is March 2015, and are expected to last about seven months. The location will be closed during this time, allowing for the project to progress quickly and successfully. Current Firehouse YMCA members can use their membership at the La Jolla YMCA’s main facility, located at 8355 Cliffridge Avenue during the construction phase.

In order to better serve our members and the community, we determined a number of improvements must be made to the current Firehouse facility. Our goal is to retain the historic charm of the facility to make it more accessible and functional for a variety of activities.

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The renovation will include

  • A Child Watch center, to provide child care for children while their parent or guardian enjoys the Y.
  • A larger upstairs multi-purpose studio to serve more people in our very popular group exercise classes.
  • A second multi-purpose studio to offer our very popular youth and family fitness classes.
  • Locker rooms for the convenience of those who work in the Village and want to squeeze in a workout before, during or after work.
  • An open concept Family Wellness Center with state of the art cardio and strength equipment.
  • Restoration of the historic façade, as well as the addition of social space in the front of the building.


La Jolla YMCA

We invite you to use the La Jolla YMCA

Current Firehouse YMCA members can use their membership at the La Jolla YMCA’s main facility during the construction phase, which is expected to last about seven months. Gymnastics classes will be held at the main YMCA facility and at Standley Park Recreation Center.

We’re sure you’ll have questions, and we’re here to answer them. Plus, we’ve added a Frequently Asked Questions section below.

To address other issues that may spring to mind, please check our website regularly for updates as construction continues.

If you have questions about using your membership at the La Jolla YMCA, please contact:

Sue Cubillas Membership Director
Contact at (858) 453-3483 or by email at [email protected]
8355 Cliffridge Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037

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When does construction start?
Construction will start just as soon as we have completed the permitting process, (our best estimation is March 2015). The Firehouse YMCA will be closed during construction, which is expected to last about seven months.
What will be in the new building?
We will enlarge the upstairs multi-purpose studio and add a second studio accessible via stairs and a new elevator. We will also be adding shower facilities and a Child Watch center. We will add an open concept Wellness Center downstairs. The front of the building will be restored and an open social gathering area will be added.
Will we get new equipment?
Yes. The new wellness center and multipurpose spaces will have state of the art equipment, including cardiovascular machines, weights and group exercise accessories.
Why are you doing this?
The Firehouse YMCA, in operation since 1985, has had a small and loyal following, but the building is limited in its capacity and function. This renovation will modernize the interior of the building, making it conducive to hosting Y programs such as family fitness, group exercise, youth and teen programs and more.
What happened to programs that were held at the Firehouse prior to the construction?
Many of the programs are being offered only 2 miles away, at the main Y facility on Cliffridge Avenue. Please select from the following links for information on our programs and group exercise classes:
How is the project being paid for?
A generous donation has allowed us to begin work on the project, which is estimated to cost $1.5 million. We will be asking other donors and the community at large to join us in raising the final amount needed.
How can I help?
Over the next few months, we’ll be hosting activities to raise awareness of the plans for the Firehouse YMCA and generate support for the renovation and preservation of this historical building. Please consider making your own contribution.