Goodbye Y

M'head-Swampscott YMCA 1910-2010

My old Y is no longer. Can’t quite believe that two of my most beloved sports clubs are gone within a month of each other. I grew up in this place. Learned how to swim. Do somersaults and round-offs. And swung my first squash racquet. I happened to drive by it about a week ago while visiting my mom, on the way to play squash in the new state-of-the-art YMCA on the other side of town. Didn’t know it was slated for the wrecking ball, or I would’ve stopped and taken a moment to thank it for all those happy, sweaty, chlorine scented years. The Marblehead-Swampscott YMCA was 100 years old last year: 1910-2010. Here’s the story and some sad demolition photos (squash court in right of photo) in my hometown newspaper…. Goodbye Y.

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3 Responses to Goodbye Y

  1. David says:

    Aw geez. I remember your mom taking us to swim in there…

    • Yeah . . . but to be honest, I hadn’t been inside in years. It’s mostly the great (and not so) memories. And if you come visit now, you’ll have your choice of three Y pools – 2 indoor, 1 outdoor. Plus there’s always the ocean!

  2. Corey says:

    How interesting about your old and your current club closing in the same period. At least the new Y means that a whole new gneration of Marblehead kids will have a chance to do all the things you did as a kid, and perhaps more. Does the new place have squash?

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