YMCA remains closed due to water main break

By Jim McCabe on November 14 at 2:13pm

The Bob Freesen YMCA in Jacksonville will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Director Mary Henry says a water main break in the basement of the center flooded that portion of the building and caused damage to electrical, mechanical and heating and air compressor components.

Henry says the hope was to re-open Friday, but the water main replacement is taking longer than expected.

“Water keeps pouring out, so until we know we’ve got every bit of it dried and taken care of, we can’t take the risk. We don’t want anyone to be hurt or injured, so we’re going to make sure and do it the safe away and not open until Monday,” says Henry. “And that’s being optimistic. People can come still use our ball fields and tennis courts and walking trail.”

Henry says the women’s Triangle Center was affected. Drywall and carpet had to be ripped out, and all the lockers were damaged.

Damage estimates were unavailable.

In the meantime, Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church is hosting the Y’s after-school program. In addition, Henry says registration for the first-to-sixth-grade boys’ and girls’ basketball league will be extended to the middle of next week. You can also register by phone, as YMCA employees will remain in the building.