The YMCA of San Diego County has announced it is selling its seven-acre Escondido campus at 1050 N. Broadway. This facility is known as the Palomar Family YMCA. There has been a YMCA operating in Escondido for 50 years.
That campus includes 85,000 square ft. of building including a preschool, gym, basketball court, fitness center, exercise rooms, lockers, offices and an outdoor swimming pool.
YMCA officials attributed the need to sell the property to the COVID-19 pandemic, which destroyed the Y’s programs last year. Although it tried to expand outdoor programs, it wasn’t able to use its indoor facilities and membership plunged.
It is possible that the Y can find a nonprofit to buy the land and possibly even lease it back to the Y. The City of Escondido has first refusal on the land, so it could possibly end up buying it.