Meadowlands Area YMCA Begins Converting Former NBA Nets Practice Facility into Full-Service Community Center

July 28, 2016

East Rutherford, NJ, July 25, 2016— On Thurs., July 28th at 11 a.m., Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco and Sen. Paul Sarlo will join the Meadowlands Area YMCA in hosting a ceremony to celebrate the creation of its new home at 390 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford.  

After 96 years as a YMCA without a centralized location, the Meadowlands Area YMCA is transforming the former Brooklyn Nets headquarters and training center into a new 83,200-square-foot community center which will include the existing gymnasium with two NBA-grade basketball courts, The Mara Family Day Care center, state-of-the-art wellness center, exercise and dance studios, teen and senior center, theater, rock-climbing wall, technology labs, multi-purpose classrooms and meeting space. A physical therapy practice will be located at the facility.

With the support of dozens of community leaders and supporters, the Y will ensure the $9 million facility will meet the needs of the community with more than 400 programs for than 23,000 area residents. The grand opening will take place in early 2017.  

The Mara Family Daycare Center, funded with a gift through John Mara, president & CEO of the New York Giants, was the first major gift and will be a centerpiece of the new building.   

DMR Architects provided plans for redesigning the existing building to provide a 21st Century Y that answers the needs of today’s health-conscious population in a modern accessible environment replete with amenities including a food concession, retail shop and numerous Wi-Fi enabled social spaces . A 9,600-square-foot aqua-center with competition pool has been proposed as a second phase and awaits approval from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. 

“Groundbreaking doesn’t just describe the event, it describes the kinds of programs and services that we will be providing to the community once we’re open,” says Jane A. Egan, CEO of the Meadowlands Area YMCA and a staff member since 1980.  “It will be thrilling to watch our plans become a reality, and we can’t wait to welcome members to the new building next year.”

“It is an honor to work on a building that means so much to so many people in the community,” said Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA, CEO and President for DMR Architects.  “Turning the existing building into a Y provided our architects with challenges that allowed them to use their creativity to design a really beautiful space that will suit the YMCA for another 96 years at least.”   

“The process of bringing our services under one roof has brought out the best in our staff and the community,” said Ron Simoncini, Chairman of the Meadowlands Area YMCA's Board of Directors.  “We are very grateful for the generosity of community and business leaders that have helped us make our former president, Dennis Maycher’s dream a reality.”

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Established in 1920, the Meadowlands Area YMCA is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, serving more than 23,000 individuals and providing more than $300,000 each year  in financial assistance to over 1,000 local families living and working in East Rutherford, North Arlington, Wood-Ridge, Rutherford, Wallington, Secaucus, Lyndhurst, Carlstadt, Moonachie, Maywood, Little Ferry, Edgewater, and Hasbrouck Heights.. The Y’s 50+ site locations host programs committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.