Victor YMCA faces decline in use, hours

The YMCA in Victor will close for the summer from June 23 through Labor Day to undergo changes Y officials say are necessary due to declining membership.

The Victor Y’s 526 members received a letter May 24 from Jason Gottfried, executive director of the Ys in Victor and at Southeast Family YMCA in Pittsford. The information, also posted on the YMCA of Greater Rochester page, attributed the temporary closing to a decline in membership as well as decreased participation during evening and afternoon hours.

More than 70 percent of people using the Victor facility are “active older adults,” according to the YMCA of Greater Rochester. So when its Victor facility reopens it “will be bolstering its morning programming and eliminating afternoon and evening hours,” according to the Y.

Core programming such as Child Watch, group exercise classes and small group training will continue. “The school-age Before and After School Program, servicing the Victor Center School District, will continue without interruption,” stated the Y.

The Victor Y employs 44 part-time staff. The Y stated those staffers are being offered similar employment at other YMCA facilities or camps for the summer. Dresden Engle, speaking for the Y, said it’s unclear how many employees will be needed come September. She added that employees are being offered jobs at other YMCA locations in the interim and, if needed, thereafter.

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