BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The C.B. Pennington, Jr. YMCA has finally reopened after sustaining more than three feet of water during the August 2016 flooding.
Most of the YMCA's fitness equipment, as well as the facility itself, was damaged, for an estimated $2.5 million. The YMCA has been reopening in stages since then. The first phase was the grand reopening of the indoor aquatics facility on November 7. The Y celebrated the reopening by offering free swimming lessons for 400 participants, ages 5-13. The free lessons were extended to include 700 participants from November 2016 to January 2017.
On Monday, March 20, the YMCA fully reopened to the community. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Y is hoping to extend these hours as needed by the community.
The YMCA has nine locations in the Baton Rouge, Zachary, and Addis areas and has been an integral part of serving children, families, seniors, and adults since 1917. For more information, call the YMCA at 225-272-9622.