Oak Park YMCA to take over Maywood pool

Nonprofit hopes to ink a deal with Maywood this week

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park YMCA is close to adding an outdoor pool to its repertoire, to go with the indoor one it has at 255 S. Marion St. But don't expect the nonprofit to start digging any holes in the ground soon.

The Y plans to sign a deal this week to take over managing the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center, 300 Oak St. in Maywood. The village of Maywood currently manages the pool, but recently approached the YMCA about the possibility of taking it over.

Jan Pate, head of the YMCA, thought it was a perfect fit, as it would help the organization reach customers in Maywood and offer outdoor swimming.

"The Y is very good with pools and aquatics," Pate said. "It's what we're known for, so it was great when the village reached out to us and asked us if we could help,"

Maywood's village manager could not be reached for comment on Monday. But according to David Parsons, chief operations officer for the Y, Maywood had been running the aquatic center the past few years, but didn't have the resources to open it this season. The pool, which has two slides and an area for kids, has remained closed during the scorching summer season.

Maywood isn't planning to pay the Y a management fee. Rather, the nonprofit would collect money from patrons and use those fees to run the pool. It's not likely that the Fred Hampton Pool would be part of the YMCA's normal membership offerings.

Parsons said the Y plans to charge a discounted rate for a pool pass, since they've already lost a few weeks of operating it. They hope to ink a one-year deal with Maywood, and would re-assess things after this season ends in September. Former staffers will be brought back, where possible, while the Y also plans to hire some new lifeguards.

"This is what we do," Parsons said. "When we talked about doing some collaborative things out in the 10 communities that we serve, this is one of those things that makes a lot of sense."

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Posted: July 15th, 2011 8:33 PM

A point of clarification: it is not called the Oak Park YMCA, it is the West Cook YMCA. They serve many more communities than OP, which is why this acquisition is a great idea toward fulfilling their mission


Posted: July 15th, 2011 12:15 AM

Hello Loyola.

Diak from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2011 4:46 PM

Great news! Tragic to see this beautiful pool go unused because of budget constaints. Who better than the 'Y' to know how to run a swimming pool? Hope somebody starts looking into the swimming pool situation at Concordia. Swimming is SO GOOD for your HEALTH! And EVERYBODY is trying to save money on health care costs. Hello....?

S. Poole  

Posted: July 14th, 2011 1:20 PM

When can we expect this pool in Oak Park? Also, will they transport it with or without the water?

swm fan  

Posted: July 14th, 2011 7:45 AM

Actually, the Y's pool is small and over scheduled. There are very limited hours for lap swimming, which gets very crowded. In addition, all of their swim hours get very crowded. I quit the Y and joined another club with a less scheduled pool because it was such a problem. Many Y's have more than one pool, especially in densely populated areas.

Another indoor pool?  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 3:40 PM

The Y has an indoor pool already. Why would they compete with themselves in that market?

River forest, IL  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 2:21 PM

YMCA should consider taking over the Concordia University Swimming pool in River Forest, as they just announced that they will be closing permanently. The Y would have a 12 month per year pool, locker rooms and ample parking. CUChicago's closure means no indoor pool is available to the public in the area (except for Forest Park and Oak Park outdoor pools in the summer). What a loss.

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