2014-02-07 / Community

Rockaway YMCA Coming Soon

By Katie McFadden


The pools were filled at the Rockaway YMCA, bringing the facility one step closer to opening. The building has a fun aquatics pool with a waterslide as well as a 4-lane lap pool. The long-awaited facility in Arverne will have a ribbon cutting on February 14th and will open to the public soon after. The pools were filled at the Rockaway YMCA, bringing the facility one step closer to opening. The building has a fun aquatics pool with a waterslide as well as a 4-lane lap pool. The long-awaited facility in Arverne will have a ribbon cutting on February 14th and will open to the public soon after. “It’s fun to stay at the YMCA”…whenever it opens. The long-awaited Rockaway YMCA is supposed to open sometime this month but an official date has not yet been set. Officials gave residents a bit of a tease when they said the ribbon cutting for the facility will be on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Yet the YMCA is still playing with fitness fans’ hearts. That date will be recognized as a “day or dedication for key constituents, stakeholders and community leaders,” a YMCA spokesperson said. The public may have to wait a little longer to break a sweat and make a splash. The official public opening date will come sometime after the ribbon cutting, depending on the final approval of all building department requirements. Once the facility is open, people will be able to sign up for membership in person at the 207 Beach 73rd Street location and residents will have the chance to try out the facility before committing to paying the fees to become a member. The Rockaway YMCA released a program guide online which included pricing information for membership. The prices depend on age and there are options for families and students. A yearlong membership for those up to age 11 costs $125. Teens from age 12 to 17 pay $150 a year.

Students, adults, seniors and families will be subjected to a $75 joiner’s fee on top of membership. Full-time students, who have a transcript showing they’re taking 12 or more credits, can be a member for $38 per month. A regular adult membership, for those 18 to 64 costs $52 per month. Seniors, 65 and older, pay $42 a month. There are also family options. The Family I plan, which includes one adult, and all kids under the age of 18 living in the same household, costs $68 a month. The Family II plan, which includes two adults and all kids under 18 living in the same household, costs $84 a month.

When asked how the membership prices are determined for the YMCA, a spokesperson said, “Many considerations go into calculating membership rates for each branch based on the economic realities of the communities they serve as well as the amenities that are available within each facility. That said, the YMCA prides itself on our policy that no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.”Throughout January and early February, the YMCA of Great New York advertised that the joiner’s fee would be waived. Since the Rockaway branch won’t open until midto late February, a spokesperson said that the joiner’s fee, which will cost $75, will continue to be waived for the facility for approximately one month after it opens.

While the membership fees may seem pricey for some, the spokesperson says “no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Thanks to generous support to our annual campaign, public funding and private and foundation contributions, the YMCA of Greater New York proudly delivers more than $50 million in free, subsidized or sponsored programs and services to New Yorkers each year, ensuring the availability of the Y’s benefits to those most in need – including at our soon-to-beopened branch in the Rockaways.”

Following a report in the New York Daily News, rumors were going around that homeowners in Arverne will receive free membership for a year. This is true, but the YMCA has nothing to do with it. The one year membership is being offered and paid for by the developer of Arverne By The Sea as an incentive for living in the area. Once the 44,000 square foot Rockaway YMCA is open, residents will have access to the largest aquatic center of any of the 24 YMCAs in New York City. The facility has two pools, includes a lap pool and a family-friendly recreational pool complete with a large slide and fun water features for children, as well as a sauna and steam room in the locker rooms. Besides water activity, the facility also has a full-court gymnasium, a fitness center with a wide range of cardio machines, strength equipment and free weights, an outdoor recreational field, and community multi-purpose space for youth and family programs. There will also be free child watch and parking. Members will receive six guest passes per year to share with friends and family. For more information about the facility, check out www.ymcanyc.org/- rockaway/.

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