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Demolition of Former YMCA Begins Monday

Soon to be Gone… But not Forgotten

Demolition of Former YMCA Begins Monday


What:          Demolition begins on the former Central YMCA, which served the Wichita community from 1959–2012


When:         Monday, February 4, 2013

                   8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.         Demolition to begin


Where:           402 N. Market, Wichita


Behind every brick that falls will be a fond memory from one of the thousands of local kids and adults who grew up in the former Central YMCA.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013, the wrecking crew will be on hand to start demolishing a landmark for many local families. The former Central YMCA at 402 N. Market, which opened in 1959 and closed two months ago, will be razed to make way for additional parking to accompany the new Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA that opened December 10, 2012.

“This will be a momentous and bittersweet day for many of us,” noted Greater Wichita YMCA Chief Executive Officer Dennis Schoenebeck. “I’ll never forget setting up my office in a storage closet or having citywide operations meetings with everyone crammed around a little table because it was the only spot available. We made do, and the building served the community well for half a century.”

A press briefing later Monday morning will include updates on the new YMCA and the timeline for demolition completion from Steve Clark, YMCA volunteer president, and John Weber, Downtown YMCA executive director.

The Greater Wichita YMCA is a non-profit organization that serves more than 265,000 kids and adults through child care, camping, urban outreach programs and healthy lifestyles activities. Nearly two out of three kids in Sedgwick and Butler Counties participate in Y activities and more than 67,000 participants receive free and assisted programs. Within the YMCA’s financial capabilities, no person is refused program or membership privileges because of inability to pay.