by Kevin Bogle
In case you have not seen the recently renovated Naik Family YMCA, it is time to celebrate the New Year by visiting one of the most fabulous fitness centers on the East Coast. The vibrant fitness center with scenic views of the Mystic River has everything you could ever want in a very modern and welcoming environment.
“I cannot express the overwhelming amount of joy and satisfaction our entire organization feels about repositioning the Ocean Community YMCA and to build this spirit-minded facility,” said Maureen Fitzgerald, President and CEO, Ocean Community YMCA. Maureen could not thank Rob Valenti, Tom Sanford, the Naik Family and team of 40 fundraisers who received over 400 donations for their efforts.
The $7.2 million expansion includes 12,500 square feet of new space as well and new locker rooms, additional parking, exercise studios, a teen center, dedicated child care room, community room and an expanded wellness center. The building is handicapped accessible with an elevator, beautiful pool and new HVAC systems. The new two-story entrance orients the building to overlook the Mystic River.
Tanner Evak, Naik Family Branch Director said he has received an incredible number of calls from several YMCAs to see their spectacular facility with a fluid design. “We have signed up over 900 new members who will join the 4200 previous members since the facility opened on October 15th,” said Tanner.
Several of the long-time members truly love the new facility. “This is a beautiful facility with many exercise options. The staff is very friendly, professional and polite and I really enjoy getting to know the members,” said Jaime Finkenauer.
“I have been associated with the YMCA my entire life,” said Mike Pernal, “My wife and I joined the Y again when we moved to Mystic upon my retirement in 2008 and have been a satisfied member since. The campaign to build what is now The Naik Family Fitness Center has presented a perfect illustration of how the Y is in the Mystic Community.”
Tanner explained how the center offers wellness classes from various forms of yoga (gentle rehab, vinyasa flow), pilates, strength and total body conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation, cardio and dance, spinning and cycle, youth development, summer camps, a beautiful crystal clear water pool, water safety, step classes seven days a week and is open from 5 am – 10 pm Monday – Friday and 6 am – 6 pm on the weekends.
Additionally, Ocean Community YMCA members have access to the branches in Mystic, Westerly-Pawcatuck and Acadia and can visit all New England area Ys through their Nation Wide Program. Membership includes:
- 120 Combined FREE adult group exercise programs per week
- State-of-the-art Health and Wellness Centers
- Access to three pools for lap and family swim
- Adult Sauna Rooms (Westerly-Pawcatuck)
- Free supervised Child Watch and Teen Centers
- Additional benefits including Teen Clubs, Basketball and Racquetball at certain centers
Membership fees range from $22 per month for Youths up to $52 per month for Adults in addition to a joiners fee. The Y also offers teen, young adult, family and senior membership programs.
The YMCA will continue with their Capital Campaign. To donate please contact Tanner Evak email@example.com or by calling him at 860.536.3575.