Greensburg YMCA announces temporary closure of gym and pool, citing pandemic

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The Greensburg YMCA will close its doors to members for at least six months, though it will continue to operate its other programs, officials announced Friday.

The gym and pool will close Sept. 30.

Child care programs, the Y’s adult training facility, after-school programs and youth sports will continue as normal.

Attendance and revenue plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, according to interim CEO Suzanne Printz.

“We’re just not seeing the volume or revenue on the membership to be able to continue or sustain these programs,” Printz said.

The Greensburg YMCA laid off 63 employees over the course of the pandemic. It will lay off an additional 17 on Sept. 30, bringing the total number of layoffs to more than half its staff.

The organization received money from the Paycheck Protection Program and the CARES act that allowed it to keep operating for a while, but those funds have run out, Printz said.

The Maple Street facility closed in March because of the pandemic. It reopened June 10, shutting down for several days later that month when someone who had been in the building tested positive for covid-19.

An average of 30 members a day have been visiting the Greensburg YMCA recently. The usual daily count for July and August is around 130.

Officials say they’re hopeful the gym and pool will reopen after about six months, but they don’t know for sure. The organization will use the closure as an opportunity to examine its mission and figure out how to stay sustainable in the future.

“This will give us a chance to reevaluate everything and move forward,” said board President Keith Biskup. “Ideally we’ll bring it back, but it might look a little different.”

Printz and Biskup couldn’t say what “different” might look like, but said they welcome community involvement and input.

Printz said despite the shutdown, the Y is committed to remaining in Greensburg.

“This place is a place for families, and we owe it to them to come back,” she said.

No other local YMCAs have announced similar closures.

The Greensburg YMCA was founded in 1858, becoming an incorporated nonprofit in 1890. Its headquarters on South Maple Avenue was constructed in 1913.

The organization has spent about $1.5 million renovating its building since 2013 — redesigning its gym and pool, repairing its facade, and rebuilding its front porch.

It was in the midst of a $2 million fundraising campaign for more renovations when the pandemic hit.

CEO George O’Brien departed for undisclosed reasons during the coronavirus shutdown in May, and the board appointed Printz as interim CEO.

The CEO hiring process is ongoing, but slow because of the other difficulties facing the Y, Biskup said.

The Greensburg YMCA has launched a “sustainability campaign” on its website, seeking community donations to help get the organization through the pandemic.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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