Just a week-and-a-half after the Bonita Springs YMCA announced it is closing, the Lee County branch says it’s expanding and opening a branch on Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral.
There are 2,600 YMCAs in 10,000 communities across the country. But in Southwest Florida’s largest city, there is currently no YMCA in Cape Coral.
But that is about to change.
“There will be day camp, before and after school care. There will be toddler classes and karate and ballet and dance,” said Jim Sanger, CEO of the Lee County YMCA.
The new YMCA will go in the old Shriners Club building on Santa Barbara Boulevard next to Sun Splash.
Cape Coral’s Kiwanis Club is in the process of buying the building and then they’ll let the YMCA move in and run all of the programming.
“We’re within the 10 day window to close so we’ve set a closing date next week,” said Cape Coral Kiwanis President Sam Huber.
The announcement comes at the same time just a week after the YMCA in Bonita announced it is closing for financial reasons.
But Lee County’s branch doesn’t have that problem. It just merged with the Venice YMCA and together they’re looking to grow even bigger.
The partnership with Kiwanis in the Cape makes that possible.
“We’re in sound footing right now financially and we’re excited to go,” said Sanger.
The YMCA hopes to open in the Cape by August 1st.