The 138 year-old Pottstown YMCA is an important community resource for the surrounding area. With programs for young children, middle and high school students, adults and senior citizens, the Y promotes healthy lifestyles for all ages. Programming includes daycare services, sports leagues, swimming classes, and much more. As Pottstown is home to both low and middle-income communities, the Y’s services are valuable and help to meet family needs.
Back in 2007, it was announced that the Pottstown YMCA would be merging with other southeast PA YMCA branches to create the Freedom Valley YMCA. The branches included Phoenixville, Audubon, Spring Valley, and a newly constructed Upper Perkiomen Valley branch. This seemed to be a win-win for all, as the merger would provide more funding and resources to each branch, while also giving YMCA members more options for locations and programs. In theory, this merger would improve each branch and make a stronger, more sustainable organization.
In reality, this has not been the case. This past fall, it was announced that the Pottstown Y would be closing its doors in June of this year. This decision was made without any Pottstown representatives, ironic for a community-focused organization. The building is said to need $11 million in repairs, while they are spending $30 million on buildings in more affluent areas. Could the Boyertown Y be next? Furthermore, Freedom Valley YMCA now apparently has net assets over $110 million. So what’s the deal? What happened here?
Or maybe the more important question is: What can be done? How can we save the Pottstown Y? If the Y has been an important resource to you and your family, spread the word about this story. Write to local media outlets and elected officials. Sign this petition and share it with family, friends, and neighbors. Let’s save the Pottstown Y!