phone (734) 282-9622
location 16777 Northline Road, Southgate, MI 48195 Directions

About the Downriver Y

From athletics, to education, to health services, to safe spaces, the Y fills the gaps where society falls short. We’re an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Our Cause: Strengthening the Foundations of Community

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our Facility

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Located in the heart of Southgate, the Downriver Family YMCA has is a fully equipped community facility. Basic features include two indoor swimming pools and an outdoor Splash Park, a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, full-service locker rooms including a family locker room, a full-sized gymnasium, group exercise studios, indoor track, conditioning rooms, and a rock climbing wall.

Our Swimming Pools

We have three swimming pools available for members: the Indoor Pool, the Indoor Therapeutic Pool and the outdoor Southgate Splash Park.

Indoor Pool

Our Indoor Pool is a multi-use pool that features a 25 yard lap lane section, a water slide, and a zero depth entry and fountain area. The pool temperature is maintained between 83-85 degrees. The YMCA provides lifejackets for swimmers of any size.

Indoor Therapeutic Pool

Our Therapeutic Pool is designed to give people a place to relax after a workout, or simply revive aching joints and muscles. The pool water is maintained at the Arthritis Foundation’s recommended 94° F. The Therapeutic Pool also features several water jets that are perfect for massaging muscles. The combination of the warm water and massaging jets make the pool perfect for long relaxing experience.

Southgate Splash Park

Attached to our facility is the Southgate Splash Park Pool. The Splash Park has a lap lane section, a zero depth entry section, and fountains a section. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available. The Splash Park also has its own café and picnic area, so it is the perfect place to hang out all summer. Most Downriver Y family memberships include a free season pass to the Splash Park. Learn more about the Splash Park here.

Lifeguards are always on duty in all of our aquatic areas.


In the general mens and womens locker rooms there is a dry sauna available for members use anytime the facility is open.

Health & Wellness Center

We boast two fully equipped fitness centers which includes circuit training machines, a free motion low impact circuit, and free weights. For cardio equipment we offer stationary and recumbent bikes, treadmills, elliptical treadmills, and spinning bikes. Free workout towels are provided.

Indoor Running & Walking Track

Our track is always available for walking and running during operating hours. 10 laps equal one mile. Soft sole shoes only please.


Located on the main floor, our gymnasium almost always has something going on, including our adult pickup basketball league. Basketballs are available during open gym. Soft sole shoes only please. Check out the current monthly schedules on our programs page or stop by the Welcome Center.

Child Watch Center

Care is provided for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years while parents are in the facility exercising. There is a two hour time limit per child. Space is limited and a waiting list will be taken (first come, first served) during peak hours. Please check with the attendant for the next available opening. Parents must remain in the Y at all times. Child watch is a free benefit to members. See Child Watch for more information.

Locker Rooms

The Downriver Family YMCA offers Locker rooms available to members whenever the facility is open. We feature a general men’s and women’s locker room as well our Family Locker room which has private bathroom, shower, and changing facilities.


We have an elevator available to members at all times.

Wi-Fi Internet Access

We provide internet access to our members. Please check in at the Welcome Center for the wireless access key.

Our Staff

  • Jeff McIntyre Executive Director
  • Jodi Ostergren Branch Operations Director
  • Lori Martin Membership and Marketing Director
  • Sandra Wolff-Aller Business Office Manager
  • Katrina Jozwiak Aquatics Director
  • Maria Diaz Wellness Director
  • Sharon Karpinski Youth & Family Program Manager
  • Stefanie Patricio Youth Development Manager
  • Kellie Durham Youth Development Manager
  • Matt Clunis Youth Sports Director
  • Allison Whitehead Member Services Supervisor
  • Deanna Rushlow Office Assistant & Splash Park Office Supervisor

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Facility Rentals

Looking for a fun place to hold your next special event? Let us handle the details so you and your group can enjoy the day strengthening connections and enjoying the party.

Party Rental Packages

Enjoy your birthday celebration & leave all the fuss to us! We understand that planning and hosting a party on your own can be overwhelming. With a Y party, you can leave the work to us and have the chance to enjoy the day! All Y Party Packages include a host to serve both you and your guests and lead the activities, and to take care of the set-up and clean-up, so you can enjoy your time with your guests. Whether you are looking to keep things simple or wish to include it all, the Y offers 3 exciting Party Packages that have something for everyone!

Our Party Packages
Basic 12 or Basic 20
When you just want to bring in your group and have fun activities and an area to eat cake & ice cream!
Deluxe 12 or Deluxe 20
When you want to have the full party experience with food, gifts and fun!
The Ultimate
When you want the whole Experience, all while enjoying it in a private Room!

For complete party package details or to book your date and time, contact Sharon Karpinski at 734-655-0345 or

Overnights & After Hours Rentals

The Y understands the many challenges involved when planning a special event for a group. Will we find a place large enough to accommodate the number of people in our group? Does it provide a safe and welcoming environment for our guests? Does it offer fun and exciting activities to do? Are the staff friendly and helpful? At the Y, we offer a wide range of Overnight and After Hour Rental options to meet the specific needs of your group.

Overnight Rental Includes:
  • Full Gymnasium with transitional wall to separate into 2 areas (includes gym equipment)
  • Spacious Lobby and use of tables & chairs
  • 2 hours in our pool with waterslide , fountains, & warm water pool with jets
  • 2 hours on our 23 ft. Rock Wall
After Hours Rental Options (Minimum 2 hour Rental):
  • Pool with waterslide, fountains, warm water pool with jets
  • Full Court Gymnasium (includes equipment)
  • Splash Park — outdoor water park and courtyard

For more details, prices, or to reserve your date and time, contact Sharon Karpinski at 734-655-0345 or

Room Rental

Planning your own Private Party, Banquet, or just need a room to hold a Meeting. The Y offers Private Room Rentals all day on Saturdays & Sundays.

Rental includes: tables and chairs and a friendly host on staff to assist your group with setting them up and taking them down. With tables and chairs set in banquet style, our room comfortably seats up to 50 people.

For complete details or to book your date and time, contact Sharon Karpinski at 734-655-0345 or

Field Trips & Special Group Activities

Planning a field trip or looking for something fun and exciting to do with your group? The Y offers a variety of options customized to meet your groups’ needs, including:

  • Climbing Wall
  • Swimming (indoor)
  • Gym Games
  • Splash Park – outdoor waterpark

Field trips and Special Group Activities are only offered during specific days and times and may vary from day to day. Reservation is required. For more details, prices, or to reserve your date and time, contact Sharon Karpinski at 734-655-0345 or