Our History


The HANOVER AREA YMCA is an affiliated association of the YMCA of the USA. The original founders organized a citizens’ committee who then recruited 1,200 members by the first meeting of the Association on October 1, 1968 also known as the Charter Night. The facility was originally located in a four story building on Carlisle St.

In 1971, the HANOVER Y acquired the property located on George and Washington Streets in the northern section of the borough. It is upon this recreational site that the current facility operates.

In 1979, we held our groundbreaking ceremony for the new YMCA at 500 George Street. The 1981 grand opening of the HANOVER AREA YMCA building, included a swimming pool, racquetball courts, cardio/weight room, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and locker rooms. The gymnasium was added in 1985.

In 1989, the LITTLESTOWN location of the HANOVER  AREA YMCA opened as a storefront with a cardio/weight room, and provided childcare in local churches. Five years later, we celebrated the grand opening in 1994 of the current building at 95 Keystone Street.

On July 1, 2003, the HANOVER AREA YMCA opened the SOUTH HANOVER  storefront location at 1013 Baltimore Street.

After raising more than $6 million in under a year, we broke ground on May 1, 2016 on our new 78,000 square foot sports and wellness center, including two indoor multi-sport turf fields and an expanded 24-hour fitness center.

We opened our doors to the community in the spring of 2017.

In 2018, the HANOVER AREA YMCA entered a four year contract to run the Littlestown Borough’s community pool in the summer. The project was a success, and we continue to oversee the operations of this property that is adjacent to our LITTLESTOWN YMCA.

Over the years, the HANOVER AREA YMCA grew steadily in both memberships and programs. The budget has also grown from $30,000 in 1972 to over $7.2 million in 2019. Currently, the Hanover Y is serving over 12,000 members over three locations: North Hanover, Littlestown, and South Hanover.