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Downtown Charlotte St. Renovations

Project Timeline- April 15th to September 2024

Dear Y Members, Volunteers and Staff,

Starting from Monday, April 15th, a significant development will be taking place in our neighborhood. The Downtown Charlotte St. redevelopment project will commence, leading to the closure of Charlotte St. from Wentworth to Townsend St. for traffic.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Both streets on either side of the Y (Wentworth and Falmouth) will be open for traffic with regular meter parking
  • Sidewalks in front of the Y will be accessible, and our accessibility ramp will be open throughout the entire construction project.
  • A handicap spot will be available on Wentworth St
  • Two Summer Day Camp and Early Learning Center drop-off spots will be available on Wentworth St.
  • The fencing and dust control around your property will be completed at the start of the project

What can you do in advance to prepare?

  • View the map below!
  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for parking.
  • Plan your workout during less busy times, when possible, as meter parking is not in effect, and there is open parking at the rear of the Civic Center from 5 am -8 am and 5 pm- 10 pm plus Weekends.

A Great Option:

  • Our Membertou Branch has plenty of parking and is a great option during busy downtown times and just in general! 🙂

We hope you will experience minimum impact during the construction project. However, we can expect a few planned and unplanned interruptions to service. In the event of an interruption, we will provide updates via email and social media posts as soon as we are made aware.

What you can continue to expect from the YMCA of Cape Breton!

  • Quality Programming
  • A jam-packed Group Fitness Schedule with classes from 5:50 am to7:30 pm Monday to Friday and good variety on the weekends
  • Family Swims, Lane Swims, and lots of Aquafit Classes
  • Extended Hours – Open Monday to Friday, 5 am-10 pm, and Saturdays, 7 am-8 pm, Sundays 8 am-8 pm
  • Adult and Children’s Swim Lessons
  • Squash, Basketball and Pickleball
  • Wellness Center with an abundance of cardio and strength training equipment
  • Walking Track
  • Children and Family Programs, including Childminding.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of your YMCA of Cape Breton. We look forward to a beautiful redevelopment of downtown Sydney and wish the very best to the construction crews who will be diligently working throughout the project.


Anita Vosman-O’Rourke

Director of Member Relations
YMCA of Cape Breton