January 24, 2018
The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston will permanently close its swimming pool at 62 Turner Street.
This announcement comes after the Y’s facility endured a major flooding incident
associated with its aquatics center on November 19, 2017.
Steven Wallace, the Y’s Chief Executive Officer, announced the Board of Directors made its decision concerning the pool on January 17, 2018. “The major capital investment required to fix our aquatics center was estimated around $400,000.00. After careful deliberation, we just didn’t feel it was good stewardship to spend that amount of money on a 96-year-old pool. Instead, the board has opted to accelerate our activities around future community goals, such as our new YMCA and Outdoor Learning and Education Center in Auburn.”
Built in the 1920’s, the Y’s multilane pool provided a recreational space in the area when, at that
time, a community pool was hard to come by. On average, over 1,000 children participated in
aquatics center activities per year.
“The silver lining to this dark situation,” continues Wallace, “is the new relationships we’ve formed with the YWCA of Central Maine.”
Kathy Durgin-Leighton, the YWCA’s Executive Director, states, “In the best interest of our
communities, the YMCA and YWCA have formed a Task Force to identify how to work together
more collaboratively and ensure swim lessons continue.” The aforementioned task force will be
comprised of staff and board members from both organizations.
The YWCA offers year-round swim lessons and Aqua Fit classes for adults; registration is open for youth swim lessons starting February 20.
In addition to damages to the pool, the Y also lost most of its electrical system, five boilers, and
associated controllers. Insurance is expected to cover most of the non-aquatic center related
expenses, and full repairs should be complete by the end of February.
“It’s time for our Y to start the next chapter of its 150-year history in greater Lewiston-Auburn,”
says Wallace. “I look forward to engaging the community on how to make our shared vision
Thanks to our new partnership with the YWCA of Central Maine, Y members are now able to participate in Lap Swim, Adult Swim, Women’s Swim, Family Swim, Low and Moderate Intensity classes and Aqua Stretch at the YWCA pool. Click here to see their schedule.