Maury County gym gets new start, ownership - WKRN News 2

Maury County gym gets new start, ownership

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

It's a new year and a new start for the former Maury County Family YMCA.

A few months ago, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee announced plans to close the facility for financial reasons.

The announcement sparked public outcry.  The facility has been open since 1996 and has served nearly 3,000 people on a regular basis.

"I was about to cry. I love the facility. It's done amazing things for me," said member Scott Pugh.

A local committee called, "Save Our Y" was formed and thousands of members signed a petition to keep the facility open.  They were successful.

Ownership of the former YMCA was transferred to the newly formed local non-profit group on New Year's Eve.

On Wednesday, the doors opened to the newly named center called The Wellness and Aquatics Complex.

"It's been a fantastic day. I think it's just confirmed this is here to stay," said Eddie Miller, the interim Executive Director.

When the facility first opened years ago, the land was donated by a local family and the building was paid for with money raised by the county.  It was given to the YMCA free and clear.  It's now been handed over to the independent board of directors, debt free.  

The non-profit group must now come up with the funds to keep it open.

"We lost a lot of members in August within just a few weeks. There were 300 members who left and their assumption was that the facility was going to close," said Miller.

The focus is now on getting them back.

Members told Nashville's News 2 the facility is important to the community and is often used by patients from Maury Regional Medical Center who are undergoing rehabilitation and physical therapy.

The facility will now be able to apply for grants and it is planning fundraisers to help cover operational costs.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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