(Moncton, N.B. – Sept. 3, 2020) The YMCA of Greater Moncton will open its new, 35-000-square-foot satellite facility at 70 Twin Oaks Drive in Moncton North on Saturday, Sept. 5.
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to this beautiful, state-of-the-art centre,” says Natasha Ostaff, Chair of the YMCA of Greater Moncton Board of Directors. “It will be a wonderful place for individuals and families to get active and stay connected.”
More than a decade ago, a group of citizens approached the City of Moncton to build a community centre in Moncton’s north-end, citing a lack of recreational and community services. In 2014, the City of Moncton invited the YMCA to discuss collaborating on such a centre. After cementing a partnership and carrying out studies to determine what features the centre should include, the YMCA and the City eventually sought bids for work on the project. Architecture 49 was chosen to design the facility while Acadian Construction was selected as construction manager on the build.
“We are extremely proud of the community partnership between the City and the YMCA of Greater Moncton,” says Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. “There was a lack of community and recreational space in the north-end of our city and this facility will provide access to a state-of-the-art infrastructure for both Y members and non-members. The project has been many years in the making and I want to thank the dedicated hard work of the citizens’ committee for their vision and also the team at the YMCA of Greater Moncton for wanting to expand their footprint and outreach in our community.”
Construction of the YMCA Moncton North began in April 2019. The building – a satellite facility of the YMCA Vaughan Harvey, 30 War Veterans Ave. – was erected on a former undeveloped site along Twin Oaks Drive, near École Le Sommet.
Federal and provincial governments each committed $4 million to the $17-million project while the City of Moncton contributed $6 million, $2 million of which was for road development. The YMCA is on a mission to achieve its goal of $3 million for the ‘Building What Matters’ Capital Campaign in support of the project.
“What’s so exciting about the YMCA Moncton North is that it truly complements the main facility, YMCA Vaughan Harvey, which is only about six kilometres away,” says YMCA of Greater Moncton CEO Zane Korytko. “Since Y members will be able to use both facilities, we wanted to minimize duplication of amenities and services. We now have that, with awesome features at both locations. The YMCA Moncton North is also built with expandability in mind so there’s room for other amenities in the future.”
The YMCA of Greater Moncton will own and operate the new facility, which will be accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and stages of life.
The two-storey YMCA Moncton North features a bright, spacious lobby/reception area; a main gym with six basketball nets and synthetic flooring for varied activities; a large, vaulted-ceiling fitness centre; as well as a multi-purpose room on the main floor. Two of the unique features of its first floor include a universal change room and a colourful indoor playground/splash pad, the first of its kind east of Ontario.
A key feature of the second floor is an indoor track with a built-in incline/decline slope. The track – available for walking and running – will be open to all, both Y members and the public. (Those using walkers, wheelchairs or pushing strollers will be permitted.) One of the other innovative elements of the building is an all-ages slide that provides a fun mode of transport from the second floor to the first. (Stairs and an elevator are also available.)