The Fairless Hills YMCA has sat alongside Oxford Valley Street in Bristol Township since 1960.
Above the decades, additions have been created, piecemeal, to accommodate the demands of the developing group. But it could not continue to keep rate.
In late 2020, the branch shut to endure $12 million really worth of new renovations, supplying the facility a new seem with additional accommodations and alternatives. On Thursday, just after a lot more than a yr of do the job, the site thoroughly reopened to the neighborhood.
“I am definitely happy of it,” President and CEO of YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, Zane Moore, explained. “I hope the community appreciates it and likes what we did.”
The place is scaled back in dimension from what it when was, but takes advantage of its room a lot more wisely. Moore mentioned before the renovation, the building, which was about 60,000 square toes, was crammed with hallways. A portion of the old facility was torn down to make place for more parking.
Now, even at 48,000 square toes, the constructing has much more open area for going for walks about the facility.
“It really is lesser, but even bigger,” Moore reported.
The 1st flooring is residence to locker rooms, a cardio area, teaching place, pool, basketball courtroom, and a new, greater entrance location.
Moore said a single of the factors he is most happy of at the place is the universal locker space. Men’s and women’s locker rooms nonetheless exist at the location, but the addition of the universal locker home was a way to deliver extra privacy and lodging to all those who might need to have it.
The room is outfitted with smaller shifting stalls, as properly as eight different showers. Five of them are bogs with showers in them, while the other 3 are spacious shower stalls.
“We designed this for the wants of the community,” Moore said.
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Fathers with daughters, or moms with sons, can quickly adjust there. These locker rooms are a to start with for the Fairless Hills facility, nonetheless Moore stated the Doylestown area experienced them following its current renovations. The common locker rooms had been 1 of the greatest requested things from customers, he mentioned.
Both the cardio rooms and excess weight rooms are even bigger now and have a lot more products. The cardio place devices, which are all new, also have their very own screens for customers to check out though training.
“We acquired the latest and finest in machines,” Moore stated.
The pool, which will not open up for a few weeks, was recently painted and has a viewing place for mom and dad to check out their young children do swimming classes. The roof over the pool was also elevated to allow for for improved airflow.
“Everything you see in here, apart from for the gap in the floor, is brand new,” he claimed.
The YMCA also partnered with NovaCare for sports rehabilitation. NovaCare is located in the Fairless Hills area to let members consider gain of the provider there. Moore said NovaCare is also at the Quakertown and Warminster areas.
Customers with small children may well also drop their small children off to be watched by workers at the “Stay and Perform,” even though they exercise. The “Stay and Play,” is on the initial ground far too. Day treatment, which was at the time at the Fairless Hills site, has been relocated to the Morrisville facility.
Also on the 1st stage is the basketball court, which keeps the very same structure. Moore said there is a lot of nostalgia for the outdated basketball court docket, which has a track for people today to stroll along on the prime part of it. Glass backboards and a new divider are envisioned to be added later. The flooring was also refinished.
Moore stated that type of basketball courtroom with a track on the upper aspect of it is not something that is ordinarily designed any longer, so they determined to retain it. The monitor can be accessed by means of the second flooring.
“This previous layout, it truly is variety of classic,” he claimed.
Outside the house of the observe, the 2nd floor is house to a large work out studio, the place courses like Zumba will be held. You can find yet another, related size home, that has yet to be utilized. Moore mentioned YMCA employees are nonetheless making an attempt to figure out what would go greatest there.
The lessen degree of the developing has a space for yoga and a home for spin lessons. The spin course area has quite a few stationary bikes for users to use. The area is cooler so customers can be more cozy in the classes.
“This is like the perfect temperature,” Moore explained.
Numerous of the rooms are devoted to people who donated to aid with the facility and its renovations.
“We couldn’t do this with out them,” Moore said.
The construction on the making was meant to get two yrs and the building was going to continue being open to members at that time. Moore explained that in December 2020, when they experienced predicted development to start off, there was a decrease in users heading to the facility mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, they made a decision to fully close it down for development. Because they have been shut the full time, they have been able to complete development in April.
“That was the only gift that COVID gave,” he reported.
In 2017, YMCA officers were being preparing on relocating the site from its existing location to a place close to a park in Falls. Community pushback led them to rethink that determination and preserve the Fairless Hills department at the exact same area.
The Fairless Hills department will be open from 5 a.m. right up until 9 p.m. Monday by means of Thursday, 5 a.m. until finally 8 p.m. Friday, and 7 a.m. until finally 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Remain and Participate in providers will be readily available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday via Thursday, 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. until eventually noon Saturday.
Members of the YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties — formed by a latest merger of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey corporations — have entry to all spots in both equally states. That includes branches in Doylestown, Fairless Hills, Newtown, Quakertown and Warminster in Pennsylvania Annandale and Flemington in New Jersey and kid care centers in Morrisville, New Britain, New Hope, Quakertown, Annandale and Milford, New Jersey.