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.”