Volunteers Spruce Up Newly Renovated Red Bank Facility
Red Bank, NJ – Significant renovations are nearly complete at The Community YMCA’s flagship facility at 166 Maple Ave. in Red Bank with the recent reopening of an inviting, modern lobby, updated wellness areas, expanded locker rooms and new landscaping in front of the building. A host of improvements have been made over the past few months throughout the 40-year-old building to better meet the needs of the Y’s 8,000 members and the community.
“It has been more than 10 years since the Y has undergone a renovation of this scope,” said President and CEO Lisa Christian. “We are pleased to give our members and the community a more welcoming environment that encourages healthy lifestyles and a place where families and individuals can spend time together.”
Members enjoy the new coffee bar in the expanded lobby of the Maple Ave. facility.
The renovation features expanded wellness areas with over 90 cardio and strength training machines all conveniently located on the upper level of the three-floor building, along with updated adult locker rooms with new steam rooms. Two new studios for yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, Zumba and other group fitness classes are now located on the lower level.
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For kids 7 and under, there‘s a new Child Watch room, which has more than doubled in size to 1,254 square feet, enabling space for more active play. Older children will enjoy the new Youth and Teen Zone with computers, Wiis, and special cardio and strength training equipment.
An essential element of the renovation is space for people to interact, Christian said. With that in mind, the new lobby is inviting with a coffee bar and free Wi-Fi. Just off the redesigned lobby is an updated seating area that overlooks the 25-yard pool and on the first level members can relax and chat in an open lounge area.
“Being healthy means more than just being physically active,” Christian said. “We’re creating a Y where you can work toward maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body by fostering connections with friends and bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities,” Christian said.
Later this summer, the Y will continue improvements at the facility, with installation of a new HVAC system in the pool areas and locker rooms on the main level. Over the next couple of weeks, finishing touches will be added in the redesigned lobby and Youth and Teen Zone.
The exterior of the 65,000-square-foot building also is getting a new look with landscaping improvements designed and donated by Lastella Bros. Lawn Care & Landscaping. Employees from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Red Bank volunteered their time last week planting shrubs, flowers and trees along the front of the building.
Christian said the Y looks forward to celebrating its new look at a grand reopening of the facility in September with food, games and entertainment. The celebration will be free and open to the public.