After July 31, the Baytown Family YMCA will no longer have a traditional facility or membership options in Baytown.
Baytown YMCA members were sent a letter giving them the option to cancel their membership or transfer it to another one the 25 Houston area YMCA locations. The closest one is the Wendel D. Ley Family YMCA at 15055 Wallisville Road inside Beltway 8.
The YMCA of Greater Houston announced it would be refocusing efforts in Baytown based on community needs, which led to the decision to forgo renewal of the facility lease, according to District Vice President Rosemary Lengefeld.
“We are interested in collaborating with other nonprofits or organizations, and we’re looking at a couple of different options for on how we could partner on a future facility,” Lengefeld said.
While the doors at the facility located at 6952 Garth Rd. will close on July 31, the YMCA still plans to offer programming in the Baytown area.
With the loss of a facility, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will be organized out of Lee College, its Youth Sports program will be offered at its regular school campuses, its Safety Around Water program will be offered at Lee College, Teen Youth and Government at regular campuses and summer camp will be available at a local church.
Lengefeld said they’re also working to find a location for its cancer survivor program, Livestrong,
“The YMCA is so much more than a building, and we remain committed to serving the Baytown community,” said Stephen Ives, president and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “It is important to us that the YMCA remains active in the community with programs and services that provide a positive impact to those we serve.”
While the YMCA programs will be in different locations throughout Baytown, Lengefeld said they’re looking for local community partners to help expand its Active Older Adult programs like the SilverSneakers exercise program and social activities. They’re also looking for office space in the city for area staff.
“We’re looking for a partnership opportunity for that as soon as possible — we would like to make that seamless between our closing on July 31 and Aug. 1,” Lengefeld said.
Anyone interested in partnering with Baytown Family YMCA should call DeAndra Edwards-Stanley, executive director, at 281-458-7777.
In 2016 the YMCA changed its location from the building on Wye Drive, where it had been located since 1967, to its current building on Garth Rd. to offer members a more convenient and up-to-date center.
The first YMCA in Baytown opened in 1956 before moving to the Wye Drive location in the late 1960s.