Huntington Ave YMCA Building Update - March 2011

March 31, 2011

Dear Friends and Members of the Huntington Avenue YMCA:

Thank you to those who attended our community meetings and to all of our members for your strong support and concern for the Huntington Avenue YMCA.

We have taken all of the feedback from our open meetings, e-mails, one-on-one conversations as well as preferences indicated on the member-generated survey/petition and will use it as we work to re-invest in our Huntington Avenue facility.

We anticipate that preliminary site development to separate the retained YMCA facility and foot print and what will become the Northeastern dormitory will start no sooner than Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Starting on June 1st, members will continue to have access to cardio, strength, free weights and group exercise at Huntington Avenue. In addition, you will have full access to all of the other YMCA of Greater Boston facilities that include 15 pools and 13 gymnasiums while these amenities are off-line at Huntington Avenue.

Here are the new locations for programs and services at Huntington Avenue starting June 1st:

  • Cardio equipment will be moved into the current Nautilus / Cybex room;

  • Cybex equipment will be moved into the front lobby, which will be temporarily modified to support this interim use;

  • Free weights will be moved to the current teen center;

  • Teen activities will be conducted both in Bates Hall and on the second floor;

  • Group exercise classes will be held in the Roberts Room, larger-sized classes will be held in Bates Hall;

  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms will be relocated to the current after school space on the mezzanine space;

  • Licensed Y after school and the summer program will be run in Bates Hall; and,

  • Classes for the International Learning Center will be moved to classrooms in the basement level.

In addition, current Huntington Avenue Y members will have daily access to Northeastern’s Marino Center – group exercise classes excluded, Sunday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday’s from 5 a.m. to closing.

Site preparation work and construction will impact the available parking spaces directly behind the Y. We have added 16 spaces in the Hurtig Parking Lot (behind the Gainsboro Street garage) for members with parking permits. Additionally, we are working with the city of Boston to try and secure additional handicap parking spaces in the front of the building as well as a pick up/drop off zone for families and those with special needs.

We are excited for the opportunity to create a contemporary YMCA that is accessible and welcoming to all and we hope you will continue to be a partner in that effort. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.

Please feel free to contact us or speak to a YMCA staff person if you have questions or concerns.

Wendy Zinn Kelley Rice
617.927.8119 617.927.8127




Cc: Kevin Washington, President & CEO
John Conley, Chairman of the Board