The Westport Weston Family Y has thrown in the towel, “06880” has learned.

According to inside sources, the organization is abandoning its decade-long pursuit of a new building at Mahackeno.  Instead, after leaving its Church Lane location within a year, the Y will consolidate operations at a variety of sites around town.

Swim and cardio programs, for example, will move to Staples High School. “Granted, the fitness center there is much smaller than what we’ve got now,” Y CEO Robert Reeves said.  “But the pool is adequate, I think.”

The Y would have access to Staples facilities only when the high school is not using them — including after-school events. “It’s not the best solution,” Reeves admitted.  “But tough times call for desperate measures.”

Basketball and gymnastics programs will be held in the Assumption Church gym on Riverside Avenue.  Years ago, it was used by a parochial school.

Yoga and other classes will be sub-contracted to private fitness centers around town.  Child care may be handled by the Staples child development classes, if scheduling problems can be worked out.

Several Y offerings, such as squash and racquetball, may end if no suitable sites can be found, Reeves acknowledged.

“Obviously, some details remain to be worked out,” the CEO said.  “But we are committed to making this work soon — by next April 1, at the latest.”

For further details of the plan, click here.


  1. Chip Stephens

    Dog you got me

  2. Tom Allen SHS '66

    Although I’m writing this from NYC, where I’ve lived for many years, this decentralization plan looks to be the death knell for the Y, one of the linchpins of downtown Westport for decades and a place I remember fondly. It was a centralized gathering place for young and old. A decentralized Y is no Y at all. RIP, old friend.

  3. Tom Allen SHS '66

    Aaaaaargh. You got me, Dan!

  4. I love this town. But as a community, we’re way too litigious. I mean, how many years has the Y fight been going on? And who wins with this solution?

  5. Tim Caffrey

    I thought this solution was laughable, incompetent, and absurd….. until I checked the date. Now I think it’s a GREAT idea!

  6. You got me, too!!

    I wondered why everyone was saying that. But, really, it doesn’t seem all that far-feteched for the Y to throw up its hands when it’s being sued yet again.

  7. Jonas Shapiro

    Got me…..I went until 10:18 pm without being fooled!

  8. Paul Wainer

    Got me too. I believed the whole article until I read someone’s comment acknowledging that it’s April Fools day. I got stumped and it’s not even April 1st anymore. God I feel stupid. I got really nervous though. If this article were true, that would just be depressing. Nice article, Dan. Thank God it wasn’t true!