Local Ys Open to All as Cooling Centers again on Tuesday, June 29
Page last updated: June 29, 2021 at 8:36 am
During this unprecedented heatwave, we are opening up our local Y's as cooling centers for those needing shelter from the heat.
All Ys except Fauntleroy are open regular hours and will remain open during the midday from 11:00 am–3:00 pm as a cooling center
What's a does it mean for a local Y to be open as a "cooling center"?
All are welcome (membership not required)
Spaces are available to cool off, relax, and hydrate
Member Services desk, usage of equipment, and the pool will NOT be available
This page will be updated as new information becomes available, through our scheduled closing time each day.
Early Learning and School Age Programs
We will communicate any updates to parents and guardians directly via email.
No schedule changes at this time. We will communicate any updates to campers and their parents or guardians directly via email.
All Ys are operating as normal. Please see hours of operation and locations.
Group Exercise Classes
Check Facebook for the status of a group exercise class or outdoor program:
- Auburn Valley Y
- Bellevue Family Y
- Coal Creek Family Y
- Dale Turner Family Y
- Downtown Seattle Y
- Kent Y
- Matt Griffin Y
- Meredith Mathews East Madison Y
- Northshore Y
- Sammamish Community Y
- Snoqualmie Valley Y
- University Family Y
- West Seattle & Fauntleroy Ys
Our Inclement Weather Policy
The safety of our members, volunteers and staff is a top priority at the Y. While we make every effort to keep the Y open and programs running to serve our community, we may cancel programs, delay opening, or close the facility because of severe weather, unsafe driving conditions, or power outages. Operating decisions are based on weather alerts, school delays and closures, road conditions, and the ability of Y staff to operate the facility safely.
Delays and Closures Due to Weather
A decision on facility hours and program or class cancellations will be made as needed as conditions change. Closures will be determined on a case-by-case basis and announced with as much advance notice as possible. We will do our best to reschedule classes and/or programs that have been canceled. In the event we cannot reschedule a fee-based and in-branch program, we will follow our refund policy. See our policy >
Before and After School Programs
YMCA Before and After School programs run in conjunction with the school district. If a school is closed for inclement weather, the YMCA Before and After School program will be closed. If a school district runs two hours late, then YMCA programs will also run two hours late. If school is cancelled during school hours children will need to be picked up according to the school procedures for early closing. This also applies to schools cancelling all after school clubs and activities.
In the event that there is a weather issue on a day when school is not in session, but we are planning Y programs (e.g. Break Camp), we will make a decision by 5:30 a.m. the day of the program and communicate any delays or closures to parents and guardians.
We will communicate via email for updates on school closures as updates become available. You can also sign up to receive school closure and delay information from FlashAlert. Please ensure that your contact information is current, and we have up-to-date phone numbers, and emails. It might also be helpful to ensure you have additional authorized pickups near your program site.
It is the YMCA's policy to suspend facility activities if power is out for a period of 30 minutes or more without sign of restoration. Staff will remain onsite up until one hour has passed since the initial outage. They will reopen the facility if power returns within one hour.
For everyone's safety, if lightning is seen or thunder is heard all pools, showers, steam rooms, and saunas will close until 30 minutes after the last reported strike. Outdoor activities may be relocated, delayed, or cancelled due to nearby lightning strikes.