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Donors get sneak peek at new Mystic YMCA

September 13, 2018

Mystic — Some of the approximately 400 project donors gathered at The Naik Family Branch of the Ocean Community YMCA on Wednesday night for a sneak peek at the 1.2 million toward the project.

Fitzgerald said that after the new section of the YMCA opens Sept. 30, work will begin to refurbish the existing gym. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the entire facility is expected in mid-November.

She added the larger facility also means the YMCA has hired four new full-time directors and 20 part-time employees.

During tours Wednesday night, donors first saw a first-floor community room that can hold classes, parties and meetings and, like most areas of the expansion, looks out over the river. There is also an outdoor terrace that will have Adirondack chairs.

Another area overlooks the pool and provides access to two family locker rooms, something that did not exist in the old YMCA.

There also will be a coffee bar off the lobby, a spinning room with 25 bikes, a large teen center, and a child watch room with an indoor wooden playscape and its own bathroom where members can drop off their children for up to two hours.

In what Regina Bartlett, director of membership engagement at the YMCA’s Acadia, R.I., branch, called “the most incredible view from a treadmill ever,” the second-floor wellness center will offer all new equipment, including 15 treadmills. Branch Director Tanner Evak said there will be no television monitors on the walls to interfere with the water views, as each treadmill will have its own television screen.

There also will be separate yoga and wellness studios, which will have specialized flooring and individual temperature control and sound systems that can accommodate different types of classes and hold 30 to 40 people each.

There is greatly expanded parking, and 20 new trees will be planted and two rain gardens installed. The old main entrance will be an auxiliary entrance, possibly for employees, with a conference room and bathroom. The 1983 plaque from the original Mystic Community Center remains on the wall.

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