YMCA announces closure of 2 more Twin Cities fitness centers

Last week, the Y said it was closing its downtown St. Paul location.
River Valley YCMA in Prior Lake.

River Valley YCMA in Prior Lake.

The YMCA will close two more fitness centers after announcing last week it was shutting down its downtown St. Paul location

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities said in an email to members the fitness centers in Lino Lakes and Prior Lake won't reopen.

The locations are not listed on the Y's reopening page, and according to the organization's page for Lino Lakes, it is exploring how to best serve the communities as a "community hub" and "not as the current fitness and wellbeing center." 

The YMCA, which is one of the largest nonprofits in the state, said the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the organization, Chief Operating Officer Greg Waibel told BMTN in a statement. 

“The changes we are making are not ones we had planned to make when we began the year, but have become necessary for the Y to remain sustainable and relevant for the near and long term," he added.

The YMCA was forced to close all its Minnesota locations in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has subsequently seen its revenue drop and around 150 staff laid off.

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Last month, YMCAs across the Twin Cities began a staggered reopening after closing due to the pandemic, starting with the St. Paul Midway and Southdale locations. Locations have since reopened in nearly 20 locations, according to YMCA's website.

Three more locations – Maplewood Community Center YMCAMounds View Community Center YMCA and West St. Paul YMCA – are set to reopen Aug. 3, while Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae will reopen Sept. 14.

BMTN has reached out to the YMCA for more information. 

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