The Rockaway YMCA is Officially Open at Arverne By The Sea!
The all-new, state-of-the-art Rockaway YMCA is now officially open at Arverne By The Sea! The much-anticipated fitness center is filling a void in the local community for year-round, family-friendly fitness facilities and activities. While the beach and bike trails around Rockaway and Arverne are perfect for summer enjoyment, when the winter winds blow (and they were colder this year than ever before) there is simply no alternative of this caliber.
What Facilities Does the New YMCA Offer?
There are many amenities within the 44,000-square-foot space; so many that it would be impossible to list them all. The main attraction in the two-story facility is a dazzling aquatic center, featuring an infinity edge pool, circular water slide and a four lane lap pool. Additionally, local tots through to teens (and who are we kidding, sporty adults too) are excited about the outdoor rec field and the gymnasium, which is equipped for sports like basketball and volleyball, while those looking for a true fitness center experience will love the wellness center – complete with strength training and cardiovascular equipment, group exercise class space, and more.
What Activities are on Offer?
More than just fitness, this new brand of the “Y” is looking to boost community involvement with its wealth of youth and family programs, which have their own multi-purpose space in the new facility. As summer nears, they are gearing up to hold Day Camp programs for children and teens, all accredited by the American Camping Association. The Teen Center and Leaders Club hope to build character and facilitate personal development, while favorites like Youth Sports Classes and Leagues, and Martial Arts Classes get kids and teens up off the couch, and engaged in physical activity.
Of course, fitness and exercise are at the top of the priorities list, and the new Arverne By The Sea location will offer plenty of group fitness classes from Aqua Exercise to Zumba®. Other popular programs are Boot Camp circuit training, Yoga, and the Personal Training and Y Personal Fitness programs. For complete and up-to-date schedules, check out the Schedules section on the website.
The new project has offered locals a number of special perks, most of which can be seen on their Facebook page. Home owners in the local Arverne By The Sea development have been given a free one-year family membership, as the facility was built under the same urban renewal project’s umbrella, blending city, developer, and private funding for the $23,000,000 investment.
While the project only officially opened its doors on February 15, 2014, there has already been a surge of new members and visitors to the YMCA at Arverne By The Sea. With the vast amount of hype and publicity concerning the development in the years leading up to its grand opening, the amount of public interest seems to have extended far beyond the city’s expectation.
As with any new venture, the Rockaway YMCA is bound to have some kinks to work out; but resident’s are confident that the Y is doing its best to accommodate demand and to ensure that its organizational standards match those of the impeccably designed and outfitted facilities.
Access and Location
The Rockaway YMCA is open seven days a week, from 5:30am to 10:00pm on weekdays, and 8:00am to 8:00pm on weekends. The closest public transportation is the A train, and the exact address 207 Beach 73rd Street, in the heart of Arverne By The Sea.