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JRFF votes to dissolve at end of year

The board of directors of James River Family Fitness voted to dissolve its entity in a recent meeting. The last day JRFF will operate the fitness center is Dec. 30, JRFF President Rachel Liechty said. JRFF rents the Larson Center from the Univers...

 

The board of directors of James River Family Fitness voted to dissolve its entity in a recent meeting. The last day JRFF will operate the fitness center is Dec. 30, JRFF President Rachel Liechty said.

JRFF rents the Larson Center from the University of Jamestown, and will not be renewing its lease at the end of December, said Tena Lawrence, UJ vice president of marketing and communications.

The facility was renamed James River Family Fitness from James River Family Y in 2014. The organization has rented the space since the center was built in 1980. Lawrence said the center was built with the intention that the YMCA would be the tenant and share the facility with UJ.

UJ will allow current JRFF members to continue to use the Larson Center for a limited period of time until the Two Rivers Activity Center opens, Liechty said. Fitness center employees are working with UJ to continue to offer classes held in the building, she said.

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“We have not been asked to leave,” Liechty said. “But UJ is expanding and they need the space.”

Liechty said it was never the intent of JRFF to stay open right up until TRAC was ready, but they would have liked to continue until early summer. Liechty said JRFF lost quite a bit of its membership since the Larson Center swimming pool closed in July 2015.

“It’s been the support of the community, JRFF employees and members that kept us going,” Liechty said. “We would have closed if not for a contribution from an anonymous donor.”

UJ has been renovating the Larson Center since last year as part of its capital campaign project, but Lawrence said renovations are not currently happening. Renovation plans were set for when the university thought JRFF would be moving out. Since JRFF is leaving early, Lawrence said the university will come up with a new plan of how to best utilize the space.

UJ is still figuring out what the times and availability of the facility will be for existing JRFF members and the community, Lawrence said. No decisions have been made yet about continuing to offer classes currently available at JRFF, she said.

“We’re trying to find creative ways to make it possible for community members to access the facility,” Lawrence said.

Liechty said the child care Learning Center will be moving, and the new location will be announced in the next two weeks. Learning Center employees will be working at the new location, she said

More information about the transition will be given to JRFF members over the next few weeks, Liechty said.

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“We want to thank our long-term members, supporters and the community for their support of the YMCA and JRFF,” Liechty said.

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