Now, the YMCA’s Board of Directors may be thinking twice, at least to an extent: last Friday, the Board passed a pair of resolutions calling for more public feedback on how the Y’s facilities ought to be used—but apparently standing by its decision to hold meetings in closed session.
The controversy began earlier this year, when the Board voted to close the racquetball courts in order to expand the facility’s workout space. That decision came partly in response to a member survey conducted last year—but some members said they never got the survey. Then racquetball supporters say they were angered when they showed up to a Board meeting to object, only to be told the meeting was closed to the public.
In February, a petition appeared on Change.org calling for the Board to reconsider closing the courts and to hold all subsequent meetings in open session. By the end of last week, 274 people had signed on.
Friday’s Board vote comes in response to that petition. The first resolution is a commitment to “broaden the facilities use study” and make sure every YMCA member has a chance to give feedback. The second, responding to the call for open meetings, is a bit more vague: it calls for the Board to “continue…work(ing)…to develop best practices” for its meetings, but doesn’t necessarily indicate any future change in policy.
In a statement, Board Chair Dabney Grinnan said the Board voted “nearly unanimously” in favor of both resolutions.