WICHITA, Kansas -- Many who've been part of the Central YMCA's long history are heading that way today for one last look or one last jog on their favorite treadmill before the building permanently closes at 9:30 p.m. today.
The current Central YMCA has been a key part of the community for more than 50 years, but its closing makes way for the grand opening of the adjacent and new Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA on Monday, December 10.
"We're happy we've been able to keep the Central YMCA open during the construction," noted Greater Wichita YMCA General Executive Dennis Schoenebeck. "It's bittersweet to see it close, but the new facility will house Y activities for local families for many generations to come."
YMCA participants will not be able to use either the old or new facility for the next few days as offices and equipment are being moved.
The community will get their first glimpse of the new Downtown YMCA on Saturday, December 8, during an open house celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Central YMCA is scheduled for demolition to begin later this month. The building will be razed to make way for additional parking for the new facility.