Submitted by Whatcom Family YMCA
For 40 years, the Lynden YMCA has taught children to swim, developed youth sports skills and teamwork, improved the health and well-being of the community, and built a place of acceptance and fellowship. Though the YMCA remains committed to healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility throughout Whatcom County during these unprecedented times and beyond, the Y has determined it is not financially viable or prudent to reopen the Lynden location for the foreseeable future.
Over the past few years, due to the rising costs of operating the pool and building, this facility has run at a deficit. Unfortunately, the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic has made these losses insurmountable, at least until the pandemic has passed.
“It is with profound sadness we announce that we are not able to reopen the Lynden YMCA at this time,” said Bill Ziels, CEO of the Whatcom Family YMCA. “We respect the City of Lynden’s desire to reopen the site and understand they may explore leasing the building to other operators. We sincerely hope a solution is found that will enable the facility to reopen and serve the community.”
While the Y will not be able to provide a central location in Lynden currently, they are exploring ways to offer programs and services when COVID restrictions are fully lifted.
“We know the Y is needed now more than ever to help our communities endure and recover from this crisis. The Y is more than just a place—we are a movement,” said Ziels. “We greatly appreciate the help and support we have received from the City of Lynden, and we value our long-term relationship.”
The YMCA has been a part of the Whatcom community for over a century and is grateful for support during this critical period. Today, they continue to provide vital services such as much-needed childcare and youth enrichment, food delivery to those in need throughout the county, in-person and virtual healthy living classes, and more.
To learn more about the Y, please visit whatcomymca.org.