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Canton du Nord YMCA partially reopens after pool leak

NORTH TOWNSHIP – The North Township YMCA community building partially reopened Wednesday morning and will be open for regular hours for the time being, a YMCA spokesperson said.

The facility, located at 200 S. Main St., had been closed since Thursday morning when staff discovered a leak in the pool had damaged electrical transformers and equipment that recirculated pool water. Without working transformers, the building had no electricity.

The YMCA does not yet have a damage estimate.

After:North Canton YMCA closed indefinitely due to pool leak and water damage

Bruce Humbert trains at the North Canton YMCA on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The facility reopened today after being closed for six days due to a pool leak.

The facility’s wellness and fitness center, West Gym, weight area and two locker rooms are open, said Brandon Bussey, spokesperson for the YMCA of Central Stark County.

Many classes such as Zumba, yoga and boot camp were held outdoors while the building was closed. Some classes will return to the building. But some will stay out for now.

But the pool remains closed indefinitely because one of its pipes apparently broke due to years of wear and tear. And the smaller East Gym, group exercise studio, sauna, spa and steam rooms, racquetball court, workout room, Block Room, rear entrance and youth hall remain closed. indefinitely to save energy.

An update on the North Canton YMCA website listed what was open and closed.

The closure had a major impact on the members. The North Canton YMCA has between 12,000 and 14,000 members and receives between 900 and 1,300 visitors daily.

Sisters Morgan Rekstis, left, and Madison Rekstis, right, work out at the North Canton YMCA on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The facility reopened today after being closed for six days due to a leak of swimming pool.

Partial restoration of power

Bussey said the contractors were able to restore use of one of the building’s two transformers. However, the second transformer was so damaged that it cannot be repaired and will have to be replaced. It’s unclear when a new Transformer would arrive or the cost.

To avoid overloading the only functioning transformer and causing another power outage, staff will need to limit electricity consumption in the building. They turned on the boilers only after making sure the working transformer could handle a limited restoration of power. After no hot water when it opened on Thursday morning, the hot water was running at lunchtime.

Regular hours remain 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Daycare for children 6 and under is expected to resume tonight. Hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:45 a.m.-noon Monday-Saturday.

Bussey said the pool undergoes two inspections a year that involve the Stark County Health Department to ensure it is safe to use. But the pipe problem would have been difficult to detect.

Ernie Adams trains at the North Canton YMCA on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The facility reopened today after being closed for six days due to a pool leak.  Adams has been coming to the North Canton YMCA for 50 years.

Bussey added that the North Canton YMCA’s annual five-mile run on July 4 will take place as scheduled. Bib and bib pickup will still be in the Community Building’s large gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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