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Friday, November 30, 2012

Family Y Reopens Friday on Limited Basis

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The Westport Weston Family Y announced today that it will reopen Friday at noon on a limited basis after being closed a month because of damage caused by Storm Sandy.

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It said it has received a temporary certificate of occupancy from town officials.

“I am very proud of the work our staff and contracting partners have done to get us to this point,” said Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO. 

“Superstorm Sandy may have knocked us out of action for a while, but we’re happy to be able to once again serve our 5,500 Members and entire community, even if it means starting on a limited basis at first.”

The Y said it will resume operations utilizing two external generators to supply power to the facility.

It said the program space and services that will be available to Y Members starting midday on Friday include all locker rooms; Stauffer Pool; upper level of the Fitness Center; upper gym; racquet courts; gymnastic center; dance center studio; spinning room, and Bedford Room.

Current hours of operations and schedules of Family Y classes and programs taking place at the Y during this period of limited service may be found at http://www.westporty.org, an announcement said.

It said the lower level of the Fitness Center, where the exercise machines and free weights are located, will remain shut until early next week.

Some of the machines will have to be moved in order to completely dry the flooring under the rubber mats, the Y said.

The shallow, warm-water Brophy Pool was refilled on Tuesday and a new heater connection is being established. It is expected to re-open later next week, the announcement said.

The Y said the Child Care Center, located in the lower level of the historic Bedford Building at the corner of Post Road and Main Street, suffered extensive flood damage and is in the process of being completely renovated.

“Since a group of Y leaders gathered in the cold, dark lobby of the Bedford Building on Oct. 30 to assess the damage, our highest priority has been to return our kids to their classrooms as soon as possible,” said Reeves.

“We considered using temporary spaces here at the Y, but realized that the best and quickest way to resume operations was to focus on rebuilding our rooms downstairs.”

No date has been set for re-opening the Child Care Center, but Family Y officials said they are optimistic that repairs will be complete by the end of next week.

At that time, the Y will seek approval for the proper permits necessary to resume providing child care services, the announcement said.

The Family Y’s infant/toddler rooms (upstairs only) will be ready to open on Monday, the Y said.

The Y said it will continue to operate using temporary power until repairs to the facility’s main electric switch gear can be completed and the appropriate steps undertaken to reconnect the system to the municipal power grid.

This process may involve a temporary closure of the Y during operational hours, it said.

The Family Y expressed its gratitude not only to the many contractors who have helped it recover from the storm but also to the area facilities that welcomed Y members and hosted numerous classes and programs during its hiatus.

Those facilities include the neighboring YMCAs of Norwalk, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien and Fairfield, as well as Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Intensity in Norwalk, Fairfield Country Day School, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport Center for Senior Activities, and Staples High School.

To celebrate its re-opening, the Y has scheduled a “Welcome Back!” party on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7-8:30 pm, in the Branson Hall of Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Y members, staff and supporters are invited to bring “potluck dessert” and join the festivities, the announcement said.

Posted 11/30 at 12:25 AM

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