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Family Y Nears Final Steps Necessary to Resume Operations

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After nearly a month of undertaking a complex sequence of remediation and repair due to flooding, the Westport Weston Family Y is nearly ready to re-open on a limited basis. Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to put our beloved but aged downtown facility back in working order. And special thanks to the many Family Y members who have so graciously offered to donate their membership credit during our closure toward helping us continue our mission of service to those in need.

As the week begins, we expect to be ready to test key mechanical, electrical and life-safety systems. If all goes well, we will then be in position to request inspections by the Fire Department and Town in order to receive a new Certificate of Occupancy (CO), allowing us to re-open our doors.

As mentioned previously when we are able to give you an exact date of our re-opening, and the services we will be able to provide at that time, we will let you know as soon as possible via email, on westporty.org and other media.

Status of Repairs
Pat Costanzo and his team of Y staffers and outside contractors have worked through the holiday weekend to accomplish the following:

  • The boiler that supplies heat to the Bedford Building is now operational.
  • The new heater for the Stauffer Pool is expected to be operational this weekend. Once back in service, it should be able to raise the water temperature from the current low 60s by about two degrees per day. The regular temperature is 81 degrees.
  • The Weeks Pavilion, which houses our pools, gymnastics center, racquet courts and locker rooms, now has heat and hot water.
  • The entire facility continues to run on temporary power. We will continue to have to rely on temporary power until we finish reinstalling the rebuilt electric switch gear and can have it inspected and certified.
  • The Child Care Center in the lower level of the Bedford Building, inundated by five feet of water, has been dried. Renovations began this weekend and will continue as a high priority until completed. (Our Y Child Care families will receive a separate, more detailed update.)
  • Repairs to the smoke detection, sprinkler and fire-alarm systems are nearly complete and will be tested early this coming week.

Classes & Programs
Please be aware that upon our re-opening, the lower level of the Fitness Center, where our free weights and workout machines are located, will remain closed. Water that seeped under the floor mats will require some of this heavy gear to be moved so that we can completely dry the area.

With some fitness/dance studios and spaces likely to be unavailable for regular programming, please consult our website upon our re-opening for the current schedules of classes and programs. Also, please be aware that the Brophy Pool will remain closed temporarily, after the Stauffer Pool re-opens. The current Pool schedule will also be posted on our homepage as our re-opening plans are finalized.

Membership Credit Options
Allow us to repeat the following important membership information from our previous update:

Here is a pdf of a notice we are mailing to all Family Y Members that outlines credit options covering the period from our closure on Oct. 29 through our re-opening. Please let us know if you would like to make any of the choices offered by following the instructions provided in the letter.

If you have a specific question or would like to volunteer your support, please contact Rob Reeves directly, via rreeves@westporty.org or 203-226-8981, ext. 131.

Support the Y
To support our Family Y’s efforts to rebuild as well as to continue to help us provide financial assistance so that local families in need have access to our programs and services, please click here to access our online donation form, or contact Paul Bernetsky, Chief Development Officer, at 203-226-8981, ext. 115 or pbernetsky@westporty.org. (Use the Comment box to give us specific information about processing your gift. We thank you.)

More information about our Family Y, including photos, may be found at www.westporty.org as well as the Y’s Facebook page.

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