Kansas City, KS, YMCA to remain open - KCTV5

Kansas City, KS, YMCA to remain open

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

One of the YMCA locations scheduled to close its doors will stay open thanks to last-minute funding from The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS.

The two groups approved a proposal that will keep the 8th Street Family YMCA open for up to a year.

When members of this community learned the YMCA planned to close the location, disappointed members started contacting government officials.

Thursday night commissioners on the YMCA of Greater Kansas City Board of Directors approved a plan to save the YMCA. The Unified Government will pay $10,000 a month for operational expenses and $2,500 a month to a capital maintenance account to support the 8th Street Family YMCA, with a maximum investment of $100,000 for 2013.

"Gratitude. The YMCA is in great gratitude to the Unified Government. The community here is also going to be very grateful and relieved that their beloved Y is going to remain here for them," said YMCA spokesperson Mary Mooney-Burns.

The Unified Government funding in 2014 is subject to approval in August with the adoption of the 2014 Unified Government budget. According to the agreement, if the $12,500 monthly appropriations are not approved for the 2014 budget, the 8th Street Family YMCA may end operations on August 12.

Both YMCA and local government leaders say they are committed to finding answers to keep services in Kansas City, KS.

"The primary goal in all of this is a long-term solution. For that reason, this provides us some time to work with the Unified Government to determine what our next steps are," Burns said.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City had also recently announced the closing of the Independence Family YMCA and the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA in Raytown because of challenges including continuing trends of declining membership and program interest. A YMCA spokesperson said they've tried and failed to come up with any solutions to keep those two locations open.

In the communities where Ys will close, the Y will continue providing programs at neighboring Ys, and is working to continue programs in partnership with community organizations.

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