2006-12-01 / Community

Officially Cut The Ribbon For Aviator Sports Complex

(l-r)  Barry Sullivan General Superintendent National Parks Service, Kevin McCabe CEO Aviator Sports and Recreation and Steven Gluckstern Chairman Aviator Sports and Recreation officially cut the ribbon to open the new 170,000 square foot Aviator Sports & Recreation complex at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, along with  Tom Wells, General Manager Aviator Sports & Recreation).(l-r) Barry Sullivan General Superintendent National Parks Service, Kevin McCabe CEO Aviator Sports and Recreation and Steven Gluckstern Chairman Aviator Sports and Recreation officially cut the ribbon to open the new 170,000 square foot Aviator Sports & Recreation complex at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, along with Tom Wells, General Manager Aviator Sports & Recreation). In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, representatives from the National Park Service and local dignitaries officially welcomed Aviator Sports and Recreation to historic Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

The new 25-acre mega-sports complex, offers a myriad of sports and fitness programs that residents from Brooklyn and Queens can enjoy all year long. The facility opened to the public in September.

Housed in four airplane hangars at Floyd Bennett Field - New York City's first municipal airport and subsequently a Naval Air Station - Aviator Sports has already attracted many Rockaway residents, according to a spokesperson for the facility.

Congressman Anthony Weiner speaks at the official grand opening of the Aviator Sports Complex. Congressman Anthony Weiner speaks at the official grand opening of the Aviator Sports Complex. Aviator's 170,000-square foot facility has 5,500 free parking spots and is comprised of an 18,000-square foot indoor fieldhouse with hardwood courts; two NHL regulation-size ice rinks; a 16,000-square-foot gymnastics and dance training center; a 14,000-square-foot fitness center with a member lounge; two outdoor turf fields; a 35-foot-tall rock-climbing wall; a pro-shop and food court; and a childcare center for children, aged six-months to six-years. The centerpieces of the indoor facility are two ice rinks including one with seating for 2,300 spectators. Aviator offers skating programs for all skill levels for ice hockey leagues, tournaments, pick-up play for children and adults, as well as clinics and camps in conjunction with the New York Rangers.

The Aviator Skating Academy offers adult and children learn-to-skate classes, competitive figure skating, skating mixers for singles, teen nights, and public skating. Led by Ryan Hunka, 1992 United States National Junior Champion, the Skating Academy's elite professional staff includes Timothy Goebel, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist.

Directed by Wendy Hilliard, nine-time United States national team member and former United States national team coach, the gymnastics and dance programs boast state-of-the-art equipment and highly accomplished coaches. The gymnastics center offers both traditional and rhythmic gymnastics as well as acrobatic gymnastics, tumbling, and flexibility training. Competitive teams, pre-school and high school gymnastics; "Mommy & Me" gymnastics and yoga for ages 12 months to 36 months are also available. Cheerleading programs start at age four, and ballet and hip hop dance classes start at age three.

Aviator's two outdoor, gated fields, equipped with stadium lights for night play, opened in May with the NYPD vs. FDNY football game. The field also hosts tournaments and leagues for both children and adults in soccer, lacrosse, and flag football. Youth soccer leagues are registered with the American Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. A fall high school lacrosse league is also offered for individual students or entire school teams.

The fieldhouse's hardwood courts are used for basketball, futsal (indoor soccer), and volleyball. Youth and adult leagues are available in all three sports, in addition to volleyball open play and a women's league. Youth instruction is also offered in basketball as well as clinics and camps hosted by team members of the New York Knicks and Liberty.

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