North Albany YMCA opens

Section: Capital Region,  Page: B9

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

ALBANY - The new $6.7 million YMCA in North Albany opened Monday next to a renovated elementary school.

"We are grateful to the many individuals and organizations that have helped turn this dream into a reality," said John Flynn, president and CEO of the Capital District YMCA. Construction of the project on North Pearl Street near the former School 20 began about a year ago. The 43,500-square-foot center is the first YMCA in the region to involve a partnership between the YMCA and local government.

An initial $2 million investment came from the Albany Housing Authority.

Additional financing came from Citizens Bank, the state Dormitory Authority and the state Office of Family and Children Services.

The center includes a swimming pool, track, a branch of the Albany Public Library, an employment-training center, a community computer room and several additional computer rooms.

The center also has a day care center for 56 preschool children.

Children from the North Albany Academy, the new name for School 20, will use the gymnasium and swimming pools during the day.

"This outstanding facility will play a critical role in helping to foster the growth and development of the residents of North Albany," said Mayor Jerry Jennings.

The facility also features several traditional YMCA amenities including a senior service center, a four-lane, 25-yard pool, a double gymnasium with an elevated track, and a fitness center.