River Valley YMCA closing; child care, community services to remain

By Amanda McKnight

Updated at 11:43 a.m. Thursday

The River Valley YMCA in Prior Lake announced to members Wednesday night that it is permanently closing the doors on its fitness and wellbeing centers but will continue operating the Early Childhood Learning Center.

The organization will also continue to distribute food and provide other existing services from its Prior Lake location, according to Joan Schimml, spokeswoman for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

“We are exploring how best we can serve as a community hub and not as the current fitness and wellbeing center,” read an update posted to the YMCA’s website. “Because we are not reopening the fitness and wellbeing center, we are discussing what programs and services can best meet the needs of our diverse River Valley area today and tomorrow.”

Shakopee Public Schools partners with River Valley YMCA each year for before and after school child care programs in each of the district’s elementary schools. The two organizations are also working on a partnership for fee-based, school-aged child care at the Central Family Center building this school year to serve the needs of students on their distance learning days.

According to Schimml and school district spokeswoman Crystal McNally, those partnerships are still in tact, and the YMCA will still offer programming for Shakopee students.

“The Y is committed to the community and its partners and school districts to provide high quality educational and enrichment experiences in accordance with departments of education and health,” Schimml said.

According to the YMCA website, members of the River Valley location are able to transfer their membership to another YMCA location, put their membership on hold, donate their membership fees, or cancel their membership entirely.

The River Valley location featured a fitness center and amenities like personal training and fitness classes, a basketball court, indoor swimming pool with aquatics programming, whirlpool, sauna, outdoor splash pad, and more.

“(The Y) will continue to discover and offer additional programming as we continue to evaluate and co-create with the community what else the Y might be able to do to serve,” Schimml said.

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