Thousands of people in Middle Tennessee will have to find a new place to workout soon, as the YMCA plans to close three facilities by the end of the year because of a lack of funds.
The YMCA will close its centers at Oakwood Commons in Hermitage, Cool Springs and Maury County. The Cool Springs location was recently closed for repairs after mold was discovered, but it will now not reopen.
For the last six years, Steve Dismukes has come to the Oakwood Y for his daily workout, but he learned Friday that his time there will be limited.
"I hated it, because it's convenient, it's nice," he said. "But, given the circumstances and the reason for it, as he explained to me was you got to make money."
Michael Heilbronn, executive vice president and COO for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, is the one who broke the news to Dismukes and other members about the pending closure.
"Thanking them for their participation, just ensuring employees we're going to do our best to find a place for them to land," Heilbronn said.
Heilbronn said since 2008 they've not seen much revenue growth, making it tough to run the organization.
He said the decision to close these three facilities was made for the long-term good of other YMCAs across the Midstate.
Members of the three closing facilities will be given free passes to use at any of the others in Middle Tennessee. Those passes will be good for two months.
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Friday, August 22 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:16:18 GMT
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