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Dupont Circle YMCA Members, Employees Prepare for its Closing

by Jennifer Currier — December 29, 2015 at 11:45 am 2 Comments

YMCA in Dupont CircleIn preparation for the Dupont Circle YMCA closing this Thursday, members and employees are relocating to other D.C. locations.

According to YMCA spokeswoman Jackie Dilworth, more than a quarter of members from the Dupont facility have moved to two other area locations, including YMCA Anthony Bowen at 1325 W St. NW.

Dilworth also said that facility is expanding just in time to welcome the former Dupont members.

The existing Carriage House behind the YMCA Anthony Bowen facility is currently in the final stages of renovation and is scheduled to open next Monday, Jan. 4. The additional space will be used for group exercise studios and classes.

After the Carriage House opens, the entire branch will have the capacity to hold nearly 130 fitness classes a week, including pilates, aerial yoga, barre, social gatherings and community educational programs.

Swimming lessons and programs at the W Street NW location will continue as scheduled through the Dupont location’s closing and Carriage House opening. There will also be no disruption in after school care.

In addition to members transitioning to new locations, Dilworth said approximately 90 percent of the Dupont Circle employees have been placed in the exact same or similar positions at other YMCA of Metropolitan Washington locations.

While it is still unclear whether a new YMCA will come to the Dupont Area, Dilworth added the Y is pursuing opportunities for other new locations in the metro area.

The organization first announced it was selling its Dupont Circle building at 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW to a real estate developer in early October.

Comments (2)

  1. The Bowen location is already starting to show some wear and tear despite its relatively young age. The pool is always fairly dirty (look at the bottom when you swim in it, lots of debris sitting down there), the free weight area is always over-crowded unless you can go during off hours, not to mention consistently missing essential equipment (barbells, hex squat bar, clips, etc), the men’s locker room, especially the showers, always seems to need more cleaning (the locked but unused lockers are a constant source of frustration), while there always seems to be some equipment or gear missing or not working properly (cardio stations, bosu balls, ab rollers, etc). I wonder how the addition of so many new members at once will impact the facility, not to mention the other existing members. Something tells me the pool is going to get a lot more crowded although I hope I’m wrong. Ugh.

  2. Some of the old Y’s long-serving staff look very unhappy.

    The trustees should have gotten a bit more from the developers and used it to give appropriate redundancy payments, or negotiated a mixed-use facility like the Bowen Y.

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