A local citizen has launched a campaign to stop the sale of the Beavercreek YMCA starting with a petition signing on change.org. The petition is addressed to Beavercreek Mayor Giambrone, Vice Mayor Petrak and the rest of City Council. At the time of this publishing, the petition had 62 signatures.

The creator of the petition, Pavel Mogilevsky, says in the petition that the “Beavercreek YMCA is extremely important for families of Beavercreek. It provides very important services for the whole community, from the youngest kids to the elderly: day care and summer camps, enrichment classes, fitness lessons, sports classes, programs for the senior citizens. Its loss will have a devastating effect on the quality of life in our community.” Interested parties can visit and sign the petition at Change.org Petition Stop The Sale of Beavercreek YMCA.

The Beavercreek YMCA was opened in 1986 after Charles J. Lofino donated the land of his family farm to the YMCA to build their new complex, the Beavercreek YMCA and the Dominick Lofino Park. The facility also received financial help from the Beavercreek Rotary Club and donors to make the construction of the YMCA possible. The Beavercreek YMCA still bears the Lofino name and is listed on the YMCA’s website as The Lofino (Beavercreek) YMCA.

Photo: Members of Greene and Montgomery County YMCA’s announce merger. March 31, 2008.

In 2008 the YMCA of Greene County merged with The YMCA of Greater Dayton. Tim Helm, President and CEO, of the YMCA of Greater Dayton in 2008 said at the time, “This merger allows our YMCA to grow and expand to reach more children and families across the Miami Valley. We will continue to provide much needed programs and services in our expanded service territory. Our goal remains to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

Photo: Beavercreek YMCA renovations in progress during the summer of 2012.

In 2009 the YMCA announced an expansion plan for the Greene County YMCA’s starting with the Beavercreek branch. In 2010 the Beavercreek YMCA launched a $2 million fundraising renovation campaign to fund a new gymnasium, aerobics studio/multipurpose room, remodeled and expanded cardio fitness center and weight room as well as a number of other updates within the existing facility. In 2012 exterior renovations were visible including a new entrance and repaved parking lot.

Sources: YMCA press releases and other sources.