Amid state and local investigations into allegations of physical and sexual abuse, the Top Flight Sports Center at 17 Pickett District Road in New Milford will close Sunday, Aug. 5, at the end of its summer classes.
"Regretfully, Top Flight has made the tremendously difficult but necessary decision to close its business, effective Aug. 5, 2012," reads an announcement posted on Top Flight's website.
"We have made a lot of friends and memories over the years, and we thank each of you for making Top Flight such a great and fun place to be," the announcement says.
Officials at the sports center initiated the investigation in June with the state Department of Public Health, which licenses child-care facilities.
Top Flight voluntarily relinquished its child-care license June 29 and shut down the child-care part of the business, as well as its summer camp operation.
In giving up the license, David Amory, listed in official documents as the legal representative for Top Flight Gymnastics Center Inc. and the holder of the child-care license, signed the following statement:
"I understand and agree that I, David Amory, legal representative for the operator, shall remain out of the facility, off the premises, and off the property at 17 Pickett District Road, New Milford, Conn., until after the close of the center on June 29."
Phone messages left for Mr. Amory were not immediately returned Monday, nor were calls to other staff members.
Police confirmed detectives are continuing to investigate allegations of abuse, but no arrests have been made.
In the formal announcement on the Top Flight website, the center's management wrote that financial constraints caused by the closing of the child-care center and summer camp "have made it impossible for the remaining programs to continue."
The announcement made no mention of the ongoing state and local investigations.
On Facebook, several parents lamented the loss of the facility, which also provided gymnastics and martial arts classes, swimming lessons and a recreational space called Planet Play, featuring inflatables and obstacle-type equipment.
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