The Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center’s $26 million budget is funded by state bonding and local funding from Essentia Health, the City of Hermantown and existing sales taxes. There are no current or proposed tax increases necessary to support this project.

The Duluth Area Family YMCA, the City of Hermantown, and our many community partners are engaged in an additional $3 million capital campaign to help raise additional funding for this project. Please consider donating to our community capital campaign and lending your support to this important project.



Access to licensed, quality, full-day childcare is one of the biggest challenges facing parents in our region today. We are proud of the excellent early education opportunities we are creating at the YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center. Once the facility opens, the YMCA will begin offering affordable, high-quality childcare options for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at our new facility. We will serve more than 100 children and will provide full-day childcare options for the entire community.

Our Partners


Building the YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center would not be possible without regional support and collaborative partners including Essentia Health, the YMCA, the City of Hermantown, Hermantown Community Schools, St. Louis County, and the Hermantown Chamber of Commerce.

Wellness Center

Our Wellness Center accommodates all levels and fitness abilities and is free to Y members ages 10 and older.  Our state-of-the-art equipment includes free-weight, cardio, and a line up of Precor Discovery Series selectorized equipment

Become a Member

Every “Y” is Your “Y” In Minnesota. Your membership gives you access to everything our Cook County branch has to offer, as well as our Duluth Area branches and every YMCA in the nation!

Facility Policies

The YMCA is an inclusive, family organization. We expect all members and guests to model our core values:
Caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, in their conduct and language in all YMCA facilities and programs.