YMCA Health & Fitness
At our membership meeting on May 28th the YMCA of Moose Jaw announced that after 114 years of service to the Moose Jaw community, the YMCA of Moose Jaw will be winding down its operations and closing the doors on two of its leased locations in Moose Jaw on June 30, 2019. Both the Fairford and Athabasca Centres will close. The YMCA of Moose Jaw is working with partners in the community on the reorganization of a diverse range of community programs and services.
Following feedback from the community at our AGM last fall, the YMCA paused our decision to close the Fairford location. The Board of Directors had made a decision to close the location, as the building is old and in disrepair and neither the City, nor the YMCA could afford to continue to invest in the building to ensure its safe operation. At the same time, our interim CEO, Darryl McKenzie conducted a deep dive into our finances and confirmed that due to declining memberships, increasing annual operating expenses, increased capital demands and increased competition – it was clear that we needed to close operations. We met with the City and others to determine if there were any alternatives to closing that had not yet been considered. There were none. The YMCA of Moose Jaw is losing money fairly quickly and our Board of Directors is now forced to manage an orderly dissolution of the corporation.
We know this decision is difficult to hear. We have left no stone unturned trying to come up with an alternative. Our focus has been to continue as many programs and services as possible, along with employment for as many people as is possible as we close.
We believe a YMCA presence is critical to a healthy community. The YMCA of Regina will be taking over operations of our five child care sites, and they will be offering some Before and After School Care programs, three Early Learning Centres and Day Camp operations subject to finalization of definitive agreements. The YMCA of Regina will, subject to finalization of definitive agreements, also support the community by operating some of our community programs.
As mentioned, we are working with our Community partners who will now continue to operate many community programs and services. It is important to join forces (for good) to meet community needs through a different model. A list of community programs with links can be found here.
For parents whose children are currently enrolled in our Before and After School program at the Fairford location, the YMCA is in the process of working with our school boards to outline options for the Fall of 2019. We are hoping to send parents a letter explaining these options and asking for feedback / an expression of interest so that we will be able to finalize plans and support their transition.
Please visit our Child Care page for more information.
The YMCA will be working with various service providers in Moose Jaw to help those interested transition to other recreation and fitness facilities within the community. Health & Fitness members with active YMCA accounts can speak to staff at our membership desks about any questions they may have.
We would like to express our deepest thank you to the community that rallied around the YMCA of Moose Jaw during this time of challenge, as well as all of the incredible volunteers and staff that have worked to create an amazing sense of community. Please drop by before June 30th to connect with friends, reminisce and share memories.
Fairford Health & Fitness Centre
220 Fairford Street East
Moose Jaw, SK S6H 6H2
Athabasca Health & Fitness Centre
500 - 1st Ave NW
Moose Jaw, SK S6H 8C1 (Below the Coop)