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YWCA York to close fitness center in September

YWCA York to close fitness center in September

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YWCA York hosted the 2018 USA Synchronized Swimming East Zone Championship over three days.
Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record

This fall, approximately 300 fitness members at the YWCA in York will have to find a new home to break a sweat.

After reevaluating the financial viability of the program, the YWCA decided to close its fitness center on Sept. 29.

“We really needed to develop a sustainable model to keep it going,” YWCA York CEO Jean Treuthart said. “We looked at it in a number of different ways, and we didn’t think that our current fitness center was going to take us to where we needed to go.”

Treuthart also cited costs to update equipment, the growing number of fitness options in York County, and the lack of new members being regularly added to the program.

“We have a lot of competition. We’re fairly saturated with fitness options, and some of them are at a very low cost. We’ve been able to be here as long as we have because of the loyal, supportive and challenging atmosphere here.”

The fitness center at the York location has been around since the mid-’80s and has aimed at providing a comfortable atmosphere for its members to work out and socialize.

YWCA fitness centers in both Harrisburg and Lancaster and have also closed in past years. 

“The members are definitely disappointed. Especially that loyal group that is here almost every day,” Treuthart said. “Some have been working out with the same people for years, so that is going to be an adjustment for them.”

People with annual memberships who don’t wish to continue with the aquatics program will be granted a refund from October on.

Though one era is ending, the YWCA does plan on beginning a new one in 2019 with a new yoga and wellness studio.

“We’re going to continue our normal complement of yoga classes we currently offer for October, November and December and then kind of reinvent things in January,” Treuthart said.

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