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Save the Waukegan Y meetings continue through December

Updated: December 14, 2012 6:16AM

WAUKEGAN — Community forums organized by Waukegan Township Supervisor Patricia Jones aimed at keeping the YMCA in Waukegan open beyond Dec. 31 are scheduled to continue on an almost weekly basis until then.

The Friday morning meetings — held at Park Place Senior Center, 414 S. Lewis Ave. — are a forum for community leaders and concerned citizens to show their support, exchange ideas and receive updated information from YMCA officials.

Committees such as sports, faith community, moms and children, and seniors have been formed to seek support from various segments of the community. Interested persons are invited to join the committees.

Future community forums are scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. at Park Place.

The forums began shortly after the Sept. 28 announcement that Lake County Family YMCA branches in Waukegan and Vernon Hills would close Oct. 31 due to insufficient financial resources to sustain operations on an on-going basis.

Officials have said the Waukegan Y would remain open through the end of this year to afford the community the opportunity to work together with YMCA staff to develop a plan to establish long-term sustainability for the Northern Lake YMCA and the continuation of Y services in Waukegan.

Plans to keep Waukegan branch open for two more months followed an announcement that Lake County Family YMCA, the village of Vernon Hills and the Park District of Vernon Hills had reached an agreement for the district to acquire and operate the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills.

At the start of next year, the district would assume operation of the facility. Because of the complex nature of the Lake County Family YMCA’s financial situation, the agreement is subject to final legal and financial reviews.

In the meantime, YMCA programs and services are being provided at the Central Lake branch.

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