Pool Delays Stall Opening Of New Westport Weston Family Y

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The new Westport Weston Family Y opening is delayed. It is not clear how long it will take for the state to certify the pool at the at the new Mahackeno campus.
The new Westport Weston Family Y opening is delayed. It is not clear how long it will take for the state to certify the pool at the at the new Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The driveway and entrance is ready for visitors at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
The driveway and entrance is ready for visitors at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Work continues on the pool at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
Work continues on the pool at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
A shiny new gym is ready for games at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
A shiny new gym is ready for games at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Work continues on the pool at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
Work continues on the pool at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Most of the work is finished at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
Most of the work is finished at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The exercise equipment is in place at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
The exercise equipment is in place at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The exercise equipment is in place at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus.
The exercise equipment is in place at the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The new Westport Weston Family Y readies for the grand opening at the Mahackeno campus.
The new Westport Weston Family Y readies for the grand opening at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Family Y CEO Rob Reeves gives a tour at the new Westport Weston Family Y at the Mahackeno campus.
Family Y CEO Rob Reeves gives a tour at the new Westport Weston Family Y at the Mahackeno campus. Photo Credit: Westport Weston Family Y

WESTPORT, Conn. – Despite the hopes that the new Westport Weston Family Y facility at the Mahackeno campus would be open on Labor Day, missing permits and certifications from the state are stalling the official opening.

“Unfortunately, we’re unable to confirm exactly when we will receive the necessary sign-offs from local and state officials, which would allow us to open our pools,” Family Y CEO Rob Reeves said. "We don't want to open our new Y until the entire facility is ready for use by our members and guests."  

It wouldn’t be fair to the members to not have the whole facility at the new Mahackeno campus open for use, Communications Director Scott Smith said. Until the new facility is complete, the downtown facilities will remain open to members.

After the new 10-lane pool is filled, the state has a 10-day wait before it comes in to test the water and facility, which is a requirement for the pool to be permitted for use, Smith said.

“Based on our timeline we’re going to start filling the pool right around Aug. 18,” he said. It wasn't clear on how long the approval process would take, Smith said.  

The new date for the opening will be announced later in August, but the official ribbon-cutting will still take place on Thursday, Aug. 28.

However, most everything else is in place, Smith said. The exercise equipment is ready for last placements and the yoga studio is scheduled for a mural painting.

For people interested in seeing the new Family Y, reserved tours are being given to small groups. With the large interest in the new facility, Smith said more dates will be added in September.

Here is the current list of tour dates and times:

  • Friday, Aug. 8, 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 11, 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 12:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 15, 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m., 12:15 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m.; 12:15 and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 23, 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m., 12:15 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m., 12:15 and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information about the tours, contact Brian Marazzi, membership engagement director, at 203-226-8981, ext. 161, or via email.

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