10 Years of the Y on Granby is Just the Beginning

21 May 2023
Cake with a picture of the Y on Granby

The YMCA on Granby recently celebrated a momentous occasion as we marked its 10th anniversary with a spectacular block party. On May 20th, this vibrant community hub welcomed neighbors and friends to commemorate a decade of community engagement, health and wellness, and transformative programs that have touched the lives of individuals of all ages.

Since its establishment in 2013, the YMCA on Granby has been a beacon of light in Norfolk, enriching the lives of members through its diverse range of offerings. From invigorating fitness classes and dynamic sports programs to youth development initiatives and heartwarming community events, the Y consistently fosters an environment of inclusivity, growth, and belonging.

The 32,000-square-foot facility in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk, the YMCA Family Center on Granby was purpose-built with the community in mind. Over the past ten years, it has become an integral part of the city of Norfolk, weaving strong ties that bind neighbors, friends, and families together. Anthony Walters, the President and CEO of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads and the inaugural Executive Director of the YMCA on Granby, believes that the first ten years were just the beginning. He passionately expresses, "When people think about creating real impact in our city and our community, they think about the Y on Granby."

The 10th-anniversary block party was a resounding success, offering an event filled with laughter, joy, and community. Attendees reveled in the festive atmosphere and enjoyed the special treat of swimming in the outdoor pool. The splashes and laughter echoed the vibrant spirit of celebration.

"We are incredibly proud to have reached this milestone and celebrate ten years of being a part of this community," shared Executive Director Dr. Joseph Rampersad. "The 10th-anniversary celebration is a testament to the collective efforts of our dedicated staff, volunteers, partners, and the community members who have made the Y on Granby a vibrant hub of wellness and connection."

The block party was an inclusive event, inviting all members of the community to come together and share in the occasion. Norfolk City Council member Courtney Doyle read a letter on behalf of Mayor Kenny Alexander, acknowledging the Y on Granby's contributions in helping the City's most vulnerable citizens. Delegate Jackie Glass, Delegate of the 89th District, spoke of her experience with the Y on Granby and how it is a place where inclusivity is celebrated.

As the echoes of the celebration subside, the Y remains committed to our mission of fostering wellness, connection, and growth. With the 10th anniversary of the Y on Granby behind us, we are emboldened to continue making a positive impact in the community, building on the foundation of the past decade's achievements.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us. Together, as a united community, we will continue to thrive and create lasting change.


The video below was filmed a few weeks before the 10th Anniversary Celebration. Watch to see Anthony Walters and Dr. Joseph Rampersad discuss why the Y on Granby is so special and meaningful to them.