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Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center-YMCA Project (Joint Project with the YMCA of Silicon Valley)

What's New?

On Monday, March 25, the City Council will receive a design development presentation on the project and City staff will seek City Council input and direction to initiate development of construction documentation for Phase I of the project. For the staff report, click the link below. 

March 25 City Council Staff Report


Project Timeline

Planning Application Submittal for Phase 1- Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center

March 20, 2019

The Project architect, ELS, revised project documents in order for the application to be complete and move the project approval process forward. ELS has been working on responding to City staff comments and resubmitted plans on February 20, 2019. The revised plans and forms can be accessed below.

  1. VMSC/YMCA Phase 1 Plans
  2. VMSC/YMCA Phase 1 Forms and Reports

July 24, 2018 

The application for Phase 1 (Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center) was submitted to the Community Development Department on July 24, 2018 and is currently under City Review. 


For other project milestones click here.

Proposed Project Details 

The Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center-YMCA project is designed to meet Redwood City's growing needs and enhance the community's fitness, wellness, and recreational resources. By fostering this public-private partnership, the City and the YMCA will leverage their unique strengths to better meet the long-term recreational, health and social needs of the Redwood City community and promote the City's strategic initiative of attaining 'A Community for All Ages.'

The Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center facility and YMCA facility at Palm Park are aging and will require future improvements to meet Redwood City’s changing needs. The joint project is designed to enhance the community's fitness, wellness, and recreational resources. After much community discussion about whether to rebuild or renovate, a decision has been made to rebuild and re-imagine these facilities. The revised design proposal will provide better integration of the new facilities within Red Morton Park, preserving valued open green space.

The project would include a brand new modern Veterans Memorial Senior Center (VMSC) with a theater, catering kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, senior club room, non-profit partner offices, gardening space, and technology hub.  Programs that seniors are receiving right now, for free or low-cost, will continue at the new VMSC. The campus of buildings and spaces that will be replaced include the Veterans Memorial Building, Herkner Pool, Wellness Center (Old 49er Building), Resource Building (City Administration and Senior Center Gift Shop), and the NFL Alumni Building. 

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Ways to Join the Conversation



Join the conversation and provide direct feedback to the City on the project by emailing your comments to city-ymcafeedback@redwoodcity.org.


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Other Project Updates

March 2019: Project Update

August 24: Project Update

July 27: Project Update 

May 18: Project Update

March 12: City Council Meeting Update and Conceptual Design Video

March 2: Project Update 

February 22: Project Update 

February 16: Project Update

January 26: Project Update 

January 24: Project Update

January 12: Project Update

December 14: News Release- Project Master Planning Process Moves Forward

December 14: Project Update

November 9: Update on the architectural agreement

Helpful Documents

Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Needs Assessment 

Prior Archived Meetings and Documents

Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA)

Traffic Calming Final Report

Contact Us

For more information or questions, please contact Chris Beth, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director at 650-780-7250 or cbeth@redwoodcity.org