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After 97 years, Monroe Family YMCA closes

Jul 31, 2020
Jacob Walsh/CITY

For nearly a century, the Monroe Family YMCA has been a fixture in the Monroe Avenue neighborhood.

Opened in 1923 at Monroe Avenue and Dartmouth Street, it has over the decades helped make men and women of boys and girls, hosted post-war sock-dances, weathered the construction of an interstate highway in its backyard, and housed community meetings.

The YMCA of Greater Rochester has announced a reopening plan that will go into effect next week, assuming our region moves into Phase 4. That plan includes reopening some of the more modern, suburban facilities like Penfield and Pittsford, while keeping most city facilities closed.

We discuss how the plan will impact membership and how it fits within in the YMCA's mission. Our guests: