YMCA of the Coosa Valley closing facility after 60 years

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Photo: The YMCA of the Coosa Valley will close its facility at 100 Walnut Street April 15. (Submitted photo)

The YMCA of the Coosa Valley announced on Monday, February 27, that it will sell its facility at 100 Walnut Street. The YMCA will close its doors April 15.

The Y is looking at ways to offer YMCA programs after the building closes. Some fitness classes and other programs will continue from various locations.

“This was a very difficult decision for the Board of Directors and management team,” said LeRoy Falcon, president and CEO of YMCA of the Coosa Valley. “It affects members, staff, volunteers, and so many others.

“We have such a heart for this community. It’s extremely sad.”

According to Falcon, membership declined and has not returned since the pandemic. The YMCA lacks the capital to make needed repairs, maintenance and improvements on an aging facility.

The Coosa Valley YMCA opened in 1963 and was renovated in 2000.

“Gadsden’s growth has shifted, and this Y is reaching fewer individuals and families,” said Falcon. “This is a decision based on both financial and operations perspectives. It is a very emotional one for those who have been members, volunteers or staff members. There are so many friendships and connections developed here.”

Falcon noted that he and the board are grateful for the support they have received from YMCA members, volunteers, donors and partners. The board expressed thanks to the staff team which have continued to serve Y members with passion and distinction.

Falcon said there are plans for a final celebration for members and staff in April.

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