Altoona YMCA ought to be repurposed

This is in response to the Mirror’s recent article on the former Altoona YMCA.

Yes, it was a major building near downtown and a big part of many young people’s lives growing up in that section of our city.

During the winter months, church basketball leagues were exciting and well attended. Our brother, Dick Long, spent a lot of time at the Y and would bring his friend, Jay Thomas, home with him occasionally.

The pool was huge and years later, our daughter and son took swimming lessons there, along with many area children.

First Baptist Church rented the Y facilities for youth night, which included the bowling alleys.

The Pennsylvania Railroad was very good to Altoona in building the YMCA and giving free membership to employees and family members. The PRR also built the Altoona Hospital, the beautiful Cricket Field park and athletic fields and the golf course.

When the YMCA closed its operation, there was serious talk of building a new facility. Sadly, it never happened.

I cast my vote for the building to go back to the original purpose — the enjoyment and training of the precious young people of our city.

Nancy Thomas



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