The YMCA of Silicon Valley has announced it will be hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, July 16, on the controversial closure of its Page Mill Road facility.
YMCA board members and leadership will attend to answer the community's questions and talk about their decision to shutter the Page Mill gym this fall. The organization suddenly announced the closure late last month and has maintained that the costs of necessary renovations for the 35-year-old building are prohibitive. The organization's 10-year lease of the basement space at 755 Page Mill Road is up Oct. 1, and the YMCA has said it does not plan to renew.
"We simply want to ensure that our members have accurate information and explain all of the factors that led to this decision," YMCA of Silicon Valley Director of Marketing Communications David Low wrote in an email Monday.
Over the weekend, Page Mill members sent a list of specific questions to YMCA of Silicon Valley leadership -- COO Elizabeth Jordan, CFO Ed Barrantes, Senior Vice President John Nolan and Executive Director Matt Hitchcock -- asking that they come prepared on Wednesday with concrete responses. The members posed questions about rent, membership fees, recent fundraising campaigns and potential situations under which the Page Mill facility could remain open (renewing the lease for a shorter amount of time than 10 years and using donations collected this year or do further fundraising to pay for improvements, among other scenarios).
The meeting will be held in the main hall of Unitarian Universalist Church at 505 E. Charleston Road, in Palo Alto from 5 to 6 p.m.