Fall 2015: Corporate Research Associates – on behalf of the Y – carried out a Feasibility Study that included telephone and online surveys with north-end residents to determine what recreational services and community services they valued most.
March 2016: The results of the Feasibility Study were presented to Moncton City Council. It came through loud and clear with the Feasibility Study that there was a need and a demand for a YMCA community centre. The study found that residents would like the centre to offer fitness classes, recreational sports programs, an indoor splash pad and playground, literacy programs, seniors programs and wellness programs. Council asked city staff to report back that summer or fall with information as to what a partnership between the Y and the City would look like (ownership and operating arrangements) and what would be included in a possible centre in the north end. Planning evolved to include the Y, the city and the north-end residents’ committee working together to jointly recommend the best model legally, financially and operationally.
December 2017: Moncton City Council unanimously approved proceeding with the north-end project, working together 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.
March 2019: A public hearing regarding the rezoning of the land for the centre was held. No objections were received. Moncton City Council unanimously approved the rezoning.
Spring 2019: Construction began on the YMCA Moncton North. Acadian Construction of Dieppe is construction manager for the project.
Sept. 5, 2020: The YMCA Moncton North opened.