Amarillo YMCA closing, NetPlex in negotiation

Amarillo YMCA closing, NetPlex in negotiation

AMARILLO - After over 75 years of serving the Amarillo community, all of the city's YMCA programs will cease operations, the organization announced Thursday.

The programs will stop operating on August 1.

According to a press release, the move comes after severe budget cuts to the program and the inability to "operate effectively."

"At the end of 2014, we had made a profit for the first time in decades and firmly believed our strategic plan, as guided by the Amarillo Area Foundation, would be successful," according to the release. "The thrill of victory abruptly ended when a major part of our funding was cut so dramatically that our surplus was depleted, and we were unable to continue our mission."

The Board of Directors for Amarillo YMCA is in negotiations with NetPlex, LLC for the latter to purchase the 'Y South' building and land. The tentative agreement, according to officials, will make the facility available for children's sports, senior programs, and an exercise area for 'an extended period of time.'

"While the story of the YMCA has changed, we are passing along our commitment of the YMCA's long time mission of nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility to NetPlex, LLC.," the statement reads.