NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After 23 years, the place often called Nashville’s “International Y” is set to close its doors Friday at Noon.
At one point, the Harding Place YMCA’s 5,000 members were said to be from 77 countries and spoke 43 different languages.
Executives said the facility is also known as the home to the “largest public hot tub in the state of Tennessee” with an accompanying “great difficulty to maintain.”
Over the years though, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee discovered that 30 percent of its members had started going regularly to its other facilities, including the nearby YMCAs on the property of the TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center and Christ Church on Old Hickory Boulevard.
Nestled behind an Exxon station, a block east of Interstate 24 and Harding Place in Antioch, many of the YMCA’s members are looking at Friday’s closing as a sad day.
Member Scott Anderson was on his way out Thursday, but told News 2 he would be back Friday.
“[I’ll be back] for one last workout, but I am not sure what I will do after that. I have been coming here several times a week since almost day one,” he said.
Executives said all the programs offered at the Harding Place facility will be available at other YMCAs, including the Donelson-Hermitage location, which will soon be expanding seven miles away from it’s current building.
“We certainly recognize people’s attachments here,” said Dan Dummermuth, CEO of YMCAs of Middle Tennessee. “But, in the end, it’s just a building, and what people found here, we are confident they will find at our other facilities.”