NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The YMCA of Greater New York will officially open its newest branch in the historic beachfront community of Coney Island at a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for today at 10:30 a.m. Among the City elected officials and community leaders scheduled to be in attendance are: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, District 47 Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., YMCA of Greater New York Board Chair Sal Maglietta, and YMCA of Greater New York President and CEO Jack Lund.
“The Y is and always will be committed to strengthening the foundations of community through programs and services that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said YMCA of Greater New York President and CEO Jack Lund. “This state-of-the art facility promises to become an instant neighborhood anchor and icon. As much as we love our buildings, however, they only house the spirit of the Y. That spirit truly is found in the YMCA’s people: its staff and volunteers, its community leaders and donors, and of course, its kids—all united by a shared commitment to improve the quality of life for the families of NYC’s neighborhoods.”
The newest branch from one of NYC’s leading youth service providers, the Coney Island YMCA is a 44,000-square foot facility that features an aquatics center with a four-lane lap pool and family recreational pool, a full-court gymnasium, fitness and multi-purpose rooms, and more, all overlooking the neighborhood’s historic boardwalk. As part of the new Coney Island Commons project, the new Y promises to be a center for community life and a shining example of the diversity of the newly revitalized Coney Island landscape.
“I’d like to commend New York YMCA President and CEO Jack Lund, Board Chair Sal Maglietta, Coney Island Y Executive Director Sam Moore, and the entire staff of the YMCA for their dedication to the children and families of Coney Island and all of New York City,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “Also, a big Brooklyn salute to Mister Coney Island himself, Council Member Domenic Recchia; there’s no question that without his help, today would not have been possible. Brooklyn may have six other Ys, but this newest facility is truly ‘seventh heaven’ with its two pools, fitness rooms, a full-court gym, community space, classrooms, and one-of-a-kind views overlooking Coney Island’s celebrated boardwalk. Facilities like this are so important; they provide thousands of young Brooklynites with a safe, nurturing place to play and learn after school, and the guidance and sense of community they need to succeed in today’s world. It’s clear the Y is a valuable community partner that is truly dedicated to nurturing young Brooklynites, teaching social responsibility, and promoting healthy living. With everything they do, there’s no question that in Brooklyn the Y stands for YES!”
Coney Island was one of the East Coast communities most severely impacted last year by Hurricane Sandy; the opening of the facility was delayed by approximately three to four months due to damage the construction site incurred as a result of the superstorm. In addition to the new Coney Island branch, the Y is also building a new branch in the Rockaways—another historic New York beachfront community that was deeply affected by Hurricane Sandy—scheduled to open on January 24, 2014.
“I’m proud to welcome the YMCA to Coney Island,” said Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., who represents the 47th district. “This new facility will be a cornerstone of the neighborhood’s ongoing revitalization and recovery from Superstorm Sandy. By bringing new jobs and economic development as well as social and athletic opportunities, the Coney Island Y will be a fantastic resource for members of the community.”
The Coney Island Y is easily reached via public transportation: D, F, N, and Q trains and the B36, X28, and X2838 buses. To learn more about the Coney Island YMCA visit: http://www.ymcanyc.org/coneyisland.
About the YMCA of Greater New York
The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit ymcanyc.org. Twitter: @ymcanyc Facebook: facebook.com/ymcanyc #CuttheRibbon.