Norwalk YMCA Closing Doors On Dec. 31

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The Norwalk YMCA at 370 West Ave. will close after 90 years on Dec. 31.
The Norwalk YMCA at 370 West Ave. will close after 90 years on Dec. 31. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – The 90-year-old Norwalk YMCA is closing its doors Dec. 31, having fallen victim to declining enrollment and the escalating cost of maintaining its West Avenue facility.

Officials made the announcement in a statement Wednesday. The Norwalk Y will continue to offer afterschool child care programs at five Norwalk schools along with child care services in other buildings on its West Avenue campus.

The building reportedly is in the process of being sold to Norwalk Hospital, but the official future of the property has not been disclosed.

“Closing the facility was a difficult decision for our board, but it’s the right decision for the Norwalk YMCA at this time,” Carl Cooke, chairman of the Y’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Our Y is so much more than a building. We are all deeply saddened by the impact that closing the facility will have on our community, on all those who utilize the Y’s services and programs, and, of course, on the many excellent, dedicated Y employees and partners.” 

Cooke added, “Our objective will be for this difficult step to be the first step towards a reinvented Norwalk YMCA that will thrive and provide the many services that our community needs.”

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That place was a shot box

Had heard rumors for some time that the Y would close, but I don't understand why they can't develop a recreation facility in the nearby area, like Stamford Hospital did w/Tully center. The Y's fitness center and pool remained in good condition, it was the rest of the building that was poorly cared for. With all the new facilities, ie. SONO ice house an SONO field house, there should be room for a YMCA too. There are loads of industrial sites that will never be involved in manufacturing again. Very sad that there was so little creative thinking on the part of the Norwalk Y and the national YMCA system. The city "Y"'s like Stamford and Norwalk lack the funding to stay in business, while the high end Y's like Darien expand, expand and expand (and have pricey memberships). I grew up in a "city" Y, worked there as a teen and in my twenties was an associate director, and my sense is that the Y needs to reassess it's mission on behalf of those that have less

Sad news for the entire Norwalk community. It's a shame that renovating or moving the building wasn't an option.

Norwalk is becoming less and less family friendly.