Why? Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA!

There’s no doubt that the face of downtown Cleveland is changing. Residency rates are up, retail is coming back, and space is being repurposed to fit the evolving city. The new Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA is a great example of this reuse of space.


Housed in the Galleria (and for those of you long-time Clevelanders, it’s in the space where Express/Limited/Victoria’s Secret used to be…#throwback), this gorgeous facility takes what was empty space and turns it into a something that downtown residents and workers will absolutely love. It fits perfectly with the #EatPlayLive theme of the Galleria!

Spanning two stories, the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA includes a pool…


…state-of-the-art equipment, like these Woodway Curve self-powered treadmills that could maybe even get me back into running…

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…group fitness rooms for everything from spinning to personal training to yoga (we got the chance to attend a demo and break in the yoga room last night)…

PicMonkey Collage

…and much more, like this cool boxing training apparatus that we just had to try out.

Click here for a live action version of this wherein I create dance boxing, the newest workout trend

But the YMCA is about more than just a great place to work out. The focus is on total health and well-being. Members will be able to track things like BMI, blood pressure, and more on site and plan personalized strategies to improve overall health. The facility will also have a quick clinic for members to take care of minor health issues, receive flu shots, and the like.

And the locker rooms feature massage facilities that will be professionally staffed, to make sure you’re as relaxed as you are toned after your time at the YMCA.


We were provided with an array of tasty and healthy snacks last night, as well as a delicious fresh juice beverage, which helped to highlight the YMCA’s commitment to overall healthy choices.


The Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA is just an incredible addition to downtown Cleveland and I hope you’ll check it out for yourself! The facility opens to members on Monday, March 28 and the grand opening celebration is Tuesday, March 29.

And to help you take advantage of all the offerings at the new YMCA, I have an amazing giveaway to share: one lucky reader will win a one-month free trial membership, 2 personal training sessions, and one 30-minute massage session to use at the Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three or all four entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me which of the YMCA’s Features and Amenities you’re most looking forward to trying.

2. Visit Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @clevelandymca on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to #eatplaylive at the new @CLEDowntownY thanks to @WhyCLE: http://whycle.com/2016/03/25/why-parker-hannifin-downtown-ymca #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, March 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a tour of the new Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA, which included food, beverages, a yoga demonstration, a swag bag, and a 7-day pass to the YMCA. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


20 Responses

  1. Whoa, I didn’t know this was happening, but it looks awesome. Do you know if there’s parking there, or is it sort of the same free-for-all, good-luck parking situation as most of downtown? Either way, I’d love to check it out! I’m pretty interested in trying out that pool & the massage facilities.

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