The Eastside Family YMCA of Rochester cut the ribbon on a new expansion Monday, March 30, and is now among the largest YMCA locations in North America. The center, located in Penfield, has also partnered with University of Rochester Medicine to provide upgraded health and wellness resources.
“The YMCA is committed to the health and well-being of the Greater Rochester community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said George Romell, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester. “This expansion means so much more than just additional space at our Eastside branch. We are embracing the future of fitness and providing our members with every advantage possible to maximize their wellness goals.”
The expansion, which cost $7 million according to the Rochester Business Journal, adds 34,000 square feet to the facility and includes a sports center with field turf, Olympic racks, sprinting lanes and bumper plates. A “cycle stadium” with 80 stationary bikes on various tiers and two 90-inch flat screens has been installed, and certified trainers will be available.
There’s also a new family and youth gymnasium, giving young people the chance to work up a sweat (there are two million sweat glands in the body, 250,000 in the feet alone) and work out all 640 of their muscles in a fun environment. The center also offers regular youth development options including day care, preschool and after-school programs.
On the practical side, the 10-month renovation added 128 parking spaces, eight more restrooms and a second entrance to the facility.
The YMCA focuses on providing services to all area residents, but particularly to vulnerable communities, and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year in addition to ongoing services. Just last week was Diabetes Alert Day, for which the center encouraged people with a high risk of diabetes — a disease that disproportionately affects African Americans and other minorities — to come in for testing. There are also regular health management classes for people with diabetes, and support systems for various other groups. More information is available online.