Ceremony Celebrates Completion of Significant Renovations

Red Bank, NJ – Local officials, community leaders and schoolchildren joined The Community YMCA today in celebrating the grand reopening of the organization’s flagship facility in Red Bank. The 41-year-old Family Health & Wellness Center underwent an extensive renovation over the past nine months to create a more open, modern facility that better meets community needs.

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Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna (with scissors) and children from Red Bank CharterSchool help celebrate the Y’s Grand Reopening at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 14 at the newlyrenovated facility. Also in the photo are (left to right): Y Chairman of the Board and Chief Volunteer Officer Tim Watters; Superintendent of Red Bank Borough Schools Laura Morana; State Senator Jennifer Beck; Y Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer Richard Ayres; Charter School Principal Meredith Pennotti; Freeholder Amy Mallet; and, Y board member Louis Rodriguez.

“Our Y is where families connect and enjoy quality time together,” said Tim Watters, Chairman of the Y Board of Directors and Chief Volunteer Officer. “And most importantly, our Y is where everyone is welcome.”

More than 8,000 children, teens, adults and seniors from all backgrounds, faiths and income levels call the Y “home,” Watters said. “We’re pleased to be able make this home away from home more inviting, more modern and more spacious for children, teens and adults to spend time together in a healthy and safe environment.”

Interim President and CEO and Chief Financial Officer Rich Ayres noted that the 65,000-square-foot facility was redesigned with today’s busy family in mind. The new spacious lobby is welcoming with comfortable seating areas for families to interact. To encourage kids to be more physically active, a new Youth and Teen Center is equipped with the latest in X-er game fitness technology including Wii game consoles and a Jump-Q platform along with cardio and strength training machines especially designed for kids. For younger children, the Child Watch room has more than doubled in size allowing more open space for active play.

The redesigned Y features a state-of-the art wellness center with more than 90 cardio and strength training machines, two new group fitness studios, expanded adult locker rooms with new steam rooms and new HVAC systems in the pool areas and family locker rooms. The exterior of the building was also spruced up with landscaping improvements by Lastella Bros. Lawn Care & Landscaping and a seasonal display by Sickles Market. Employees from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Red Bank volunteered their time planting shrubs, flowers and trees along the front of the building.

The project was designed by Kaplan Gaunt DeSantis Architects of Red Bank and managed by Charles B. Hembling & Son Builders/Construction Managers, Shrewsbury.

Area residents may experience the new Y at a Grand Reopening Open House, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 166 Maple Ave. Adults can sample classes in the redesigned studios and kids and teens can enjoy activities in the new interactive areas. Refreshments from Jacques Catering, Starbucks and Smoothie King will be available in the new lobby, along with chair massage from Lawless Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Families may also enjoy an outdoor Fallscape for family photos created by Sickles Market.

“We encourage families to help us celebrate our newly renovated facility with food, fitness and fun for every age,” said Linda Ambis, Associate Executive of the Family Health & Wellness Center.

Scheduled activities for the Grand Reopening are as follows:

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Activities for kids in Child Watch and Youth & Teen Center

 Noon- 1 p.m. - Les Mills Body Pump Class

 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. – Aqua Zumba 1-2 p.m. - Yoga Class

 1:30 – 2 p.m. – Hydro Pilates

 2-3 p.m. - Gym games

As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, there will be special savings for new memberships for adults and families at the Grand Reopening, along with drawings for Y programs and other prizes and giveaways.
The celebration is free and open to the public.