INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Two area YMCAs -- in Raytown and Independence -- closed their doors for the final time on Friday. But members at the Y in Independence didn't walk away quietly.
Some arrived at 10 a.m. Friday, holding signs, voicing their frustration over the closing of the Y. Many have been members for years and wanted to let the organization know they're not happy.
Declining enrollment and high maintenance costs forced the centers to close. Some members said they don't understand why the Y is closing their center but expanding others closer to the city. The Unified Government rescued the YMCA in Kansas City, Kan., from closing its doors for at least a year by agreeing to pay $12,500 a month.
One fitness instructor said having her favorite Y close is like losing a close friend.
"You know the Y is so much more than a fitness center," said Carla Mock, YMCA instructor. "Our group of ladies have been together for years, so it's been a place to bond, to get together, to get fit and now that's been taken away, so it's quite sad."