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History

The Paris-Bourbon County YMCA has served our community since 1913. The Y is in the business of nurturing the potential of children and teens (Youth Development), improving health and well-being (Healthy Living) and motivating people to support their neighbors and the larger community (Social Responsibility).

Our facility serves over 6,000 members and 1,000 program participants.

The Paris-Bourbon YMCA has a rich history of growth. Here are just a few historic highlights:

  • 1864: The first meetings were held in Bourbon County in various churches, business offices and homes discussing the possibility of forming a YMCA in Paris.
  • 1913: The Articles of Incorporation were formed for the YMCA in Paris and Bourbon County.
  • 1915: The first building was completed at 917 Main Street. The facility included a residence hall for traveling men.
  • 1971: Outdoor pool opened (built for $68,000)
  • 1979: Gym opened ($1.3 million)
  • 1983: Indoor pool opened
  • 1984: Hill House Pre-school opened (formerly the home of Mrs. Lawrence Hill)
  • 1995: First Kentucky Bank Senior Games held. Cost to participate: $1
  • 1997: March, Y helped with flooding victims (free meals)
  • 2001: A capital campaign was launched and raised $1.6 million. The YMCA purchased the McConnell Building to house the daycare and preschool.
  • 2003: The 3-story addition which houses the fitness center, group exercise room and free weight room was opened.
  • 2014: The Nicholas County Extension YMCA was opened at 124 East Main St. in Carlisle.
  • 2016: The YMCA provides financial assistance to 1,100 individuals and families for membership & program offerings.
  • 2017: The YMCA hosted a Ribbon Cutting on June 6th to unveil new waterslides and upgrades to the indoor and outdoor pools.

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