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YMCA of the Sierra Closes After 100 Years in Reno

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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A 100-year-old Reno-area YMCA has closed amid declining membership and increased competition from private fitness centers.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the remaining Foster Drive facilities of the YMCA of the Sierra closed Dec. 30.

The adjacent E.L. Weigand Youth Center remains open. It's run by the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

Historian Guy Rocha says the YMCA opened in Reno in 1911 and moved to Foster Drive near Reno High School in 1956. It included a $1.7 million youth center built in 2003 with donations, including $1 million from Reno philanthropist Link Piazzo.

The YMCA board sold the property three years later, citing debts and maintenance costs.

Fundraisers collected $3.4 million to buy the property back. The city of Reno now owns the site.

As for the facility downtown which used to belong to the YMCA, it has been sold and is now a gym called 'KOR.' However, those with YMCA memberships can still work out there.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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