Rahway, NJ, January 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Gateway Family YMCA – Rahway Branch has begun a large-scale construction project to enhance their facility for the Rahway community. “This is an exciting time in the history of The Gateway Family YMCA. The ability to restore the entire facility for use is a huge undertaking, and a project that leaves us with a great feeling. These enhancements will allow us to better serve our members, Rahway, and the surrounding communities,” stated Krystal Canady, CEO of The Gateway Family YMCA. In 1981, the Rahway YMCA suffered a fire, essentially destroying the top 2 floors of the facility. The Gateway Family YMCA acquired the facility on Irving Street in 1996, which proudly serves the areas of Avenel, Carteret, Colonia, Linden, Port Reading, Rahway, Sewaren, Winfield Park, and Woodbridge.
The expansive renovations at the Rahway Branch include restoration throughout the 3 floors damaged by fire, the addition of family locker rooms, additional program space, group exercise studios, complete renovation of the existing wellness and fitness areas, renovated locker rooms, a new lobby, welcome center, front entrance and the addition of new cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Included in the construction is a new elevator and handicap accessibility. The Rahway Branch will offer Artist’s Lofts within the newly renovated facility, providing dedicated space for artists (both amateur and professional) to help individuals and groups create and have artwork on display. “The Rahway Branch is excited to begin this project, encompassing the entire 5 story building. We are happy to be able to give back to our members by providing an updated facility to help them achieve their health goals in 2014 and beyond,” stated Gerry Gessie, Branch Executive for The Gateway Family YMCA – Rahway Branch.
Throughout Rahway and the surrounding communities, The Gateway Family YMCA provides lasting change and community impact. In addition to swimming, summer camp, wellness programs and membership, the Rahway Branch offers a family focus and extensive senior programs. The Gateway Family YMCA is more than a gym. It’s a cause. In 2013, The Gateway Family YMCA lowered joiner’s fees throughout the Association, while upgrading and renovating facilities and installing free wifi at all branches. In addition, free membership is offered at all branches for 7th grade students, and members of any branch of The Gateway Family YMCA are provided access to all four branches in Elizabeth, Union and Rahway.
The Gateway Family YMCA, formerly The YMCA of Eastern Union County, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.
For more information about community programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA – Rahway Branch, please visit www.tgfymca.org or contact the Rahway Branch atRahwayinfo@tgfymca.org or 732.388.0057.