YMCA History


A capital campaign in 1963 raised nearly $421,000 for the new branch at 1308 Ninth Avenue. The facility was dedicated in 1966.
In 1983 a Capital Campaign was initiated for a new YMCA on 6760 Ninth Avenue. The campaign raised $1.2 million. The $3.4 million facility was in 1986. A special arrangement in 1987 between the city and local lenders allowed the YMCA to continue to operate.
In 1998, $400,000 was raised for the new 8,000 square foot health and wellness area that included a group fitness studio.
In 2008, a campaign was launched to raise funds for critical renovations to help assure that the YMCA facilities could serve the community for future generations. More than $1.2 million was raised for this campaign.
In 2010, the YMCA of Port Arthur completed a renovation project that included construction of a brand new welcome center, locker rooms for men, women, boys and girls, new equipment in our fitness rooms and a refurbishing to our basketball gym floor. Our history of service to all who attend our facility and programs in Southeast Texas is a direct attribute to all the support we receive from the communities we serve in.
In 2011, the name of the YMCA of Port Arthur was changed to YMCA of Southeast Texas to better identify the service area that we serve. At that time our service area was expanded to include the area just east of Baytown, to the Louisiana Border and to the north as far as Hardin County.
Currently, the Y provides afterschool care services to Port Arthur, Nederland, Groves, Port Neches, and Little Cypress Elementary Schools. We will start providing After School care in the Beaumont School District in the fall.
The YMCA of Southeast Texas is all about Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The PA branch of the YMCA is located at 6760 9th Ave, PA 77642. (4090962-6644 CLASSMATE, Ronnie Moerbe, is a longtime member of the board of directors.
We invite you to become part of our family. Take a look at everything the YMCA of Southeast Texas has to offer:
25 Meter Indoor Heated Pool
State-of-the-Art Fitness Center featuring Life Fitness Strength Training Circuit
Resistance Circuit and free weight area
Complete range of Cardio Equipment with personal TVs 3 Wellness Studios: Fitness, Spinning & Martial Arts / Boxing
More than 45 group fitness classes to choose from each week, including Cardio, Weight
Training, Breakthrough Factor & Water Exercise
Yoga, Spinning, Zumba & TRX
Specialty classes such as Karate, Wolfe Pack Bootcamp & Private Swim Lessons
Wellness Programs for Seniors
Youth & Adult Basketball
Racquetball & Wallyball
Personal Training, Personalized Workouts, & Body Composition Testing
CPR Certifications
Indoor Jogging / Walking Track
Adult Whirlpool, Sauna & Steam Rooms
Multi-Purpose Room - An interactive STEM zone for youth ages 5 and up