(Moncton, N.B. – April 15, 2019 ) Construction crews will soon begin ground preparation for the new YMCA in Moncton’s North End.

“Clearing and grubbing of the site will start by month’s end,” says Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “It’s exciting to be diving into a project that area residents have wanted for so many years.”

Acadian Construction Ltd. is construction manager for the centre, which will be developed on land along a yet-to-be-built extension of Twin Oaks Drive, between École Le Sommet and Evergreen Park School. Construction crews will access the site via Fisher Street.

The current YMCA at 30 War Veterans Avenue will operate as usual after the new satellite Y in the North End opens its doors. That opening is expected to take place in late 2020.

“After years of planning, the ground clearing will be the first visual sign that this project has come to fruition,” says Jeffrey Reath, member of the North Moncton Citizens’ Action Group, which has been pushing for the facility for more than a decade. “I’m grateful to everyone who has rallied around this new facility, which will be a true centre of community.”

In December 2017, Moncton City Council unanimously approved proceeding with the north-end project, working with the YMCA to facilitate the design and construction of the community centre. The partnership agreement followed feasibility studies, conceptual planning and a detailed functional program review to establish a clear understanding of activities that could be accommodated at the centre.

The 35,000 square-foot satellite YMCA in the North End will be about half the size of the current Y and will feature areas for fitness programs, community programs, an indoor splash pad and playground, multi-purpose spaces and an elevated, indoor track with elevator access.

Federal and provincial governments have each committed $4 million each to the project while the City of Moncton is contributing $6 million, $2 million of which is for road development. The YMCA will be responsible for the remaining $3 million of the $15 million facility.