The Eastern York Branch of the YMCA of York County has a new home.

The branch is moving a half-mile from its previous 4075 E. Market St. site to the campus of the Children's Home of York at 77 Shoe House Road in Springettsbury Township.

A grand opening was held at the site Monday.

The Eastern branch will maintain its current staff, Harner said. She estimated that the branch has about 600 members.

The gymnasium: Moving to the Children's Home of York site means the branch can offer members two cardio/weight studios and a large gymnasium.

"We're particularly excited about having a gym," said Linda Gorter, the branch's executive director. "The gym will allow us to expand our fitness classes and provide a more robust offering of fitness, youth sports and youth development programs."

The branch also plans to open a full-day child care center and before- and after-school program in January.

The Eastern York branch also has a large population of seniors in its Silver Sneakers health, wellness and fitness program. The branch hopes to expand membership in the program, Harner said.

She said the branch will be using a building separate from the Children's Home of York's main facility.

"They've taken great care to ensure the safety and integrity of their program because the nature of their business is sensitive," Harner said.

The YMCA and Children's Home of York officials discussed relocation plans for several months before the Y's board approved the move in August, Harner said.

The Eastern York Branch is leasing from the Children's Home of York. The branch also leased property at its previous site.

-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.