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Orleans County YMCA

(Formerly Lake Plains YMCA)

In 1977, the community of Medina was shocked when the state announced the closing of the Medina Armory and the transfer of local guardsmen to other locations. Medina was not about to see its beautiful building, rich in history, be lost to decay and ruin.

After a series of public meetings, the community rallied around a large group of leaders named the ARMORY ACTION COMMITTEE. Over a period of 20 years this dedicated group made successful attempts to adapt the Medina Armory to public recreational use and the effort was climaxed with the installation of a full-scale YMCA unit on the site. The new "Lake Plains YMCA" activity, with over 1,000 members, has instituted many programs for body-building, character-building and health consciousness. Today it boasts:

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  • Modern Nautilus exercise equipment
  • Weight rooms
  • Basketball courts
  • Childcare
  • Aerobics Cardio Classes
  • Yoga Classes
  • Summercamp opportunities

During the 1980s, the community negotiated with the State of New York for ownership of the Armory, paying a small sum for the transfer. In 2010, the Lake Plains YMCA changed it's name to the Orleans County YMCA and merged with YMCAs from Genesee, Livingston & Wyoming counties, to form GLOW.

For more information about the YMCA, visit their website at (Will open new browser window.)

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