YWCA announces permanent pool closure

The YWCA Greater Lafayette will close its pool September 30.

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 11:59 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2018 1:30 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to a press release sent Friday, the YWCA pool in Lafayette will be shut down at the end of September. Citing financial losses, Allison Beggs the YWCA's new executive director, said there is no plan to reopen it. 

"Unfortunately, despite best intentions, the projected usage of the pool has fallen short of what was expected," said Beggs. "When we initially reopened the Schleman Natatorium in 2014, it was with the expectation that we would be the home for major swimming programs. That never materialized."

The YWCA on N. Sixth Street first opened the pool in 1990. It closed in 2009 due to financial loss but reopened in 2014. 

"There is no plan to reopen it again," Beggs said. "We want to be good stewards of the community resources, and the need for this pool has diminished significantly."

The YWCA will shift its focus onto other programs that are growing.

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