$1.8 Million Renovation Breathes New Life into Somerville YMCA
Y celebrates revitalized Wellness Center with ribbon cutting and community open house
Somerville YMCA, May 21, 2018 – Somerville YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, celebrated the completion of a $1.8 million renovation of its Wellness Center, locker rooms and pool. The Y marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and a community open house on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
As a charitable organization, the Y’s cause is to strengthen community. Somerset County YMCA is delivering on that cause by investing in Somerville YMCA, a nearly 60-year-old facility, in order to better serve the health and wellness needs of Somerville and Bridgewater residents. The project included renovating the Wellness Center to be larger and more modern, remodeling the locker rooms for improved accessibility, improved climate control and ventilation, a sprinkler system for improved safety, upgrading the floors of the multipurpose room, painting the exterior of the Y and a renovated pool with improved efficiency. The renovation was part of a “Strong Past, Bright Futures” campaign.
“We’re particularly excited to celebrate the revitalization of Somerville YMCA because it brings to fruition the goals of the 2015 merger between Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerset Valley YMCA, which are to increase the Y’s capacity and better serve residents of Somerset County,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “This vital facility update would not be possible without the vision and leadership of our Board of Directors and Branch Board, the support of our donors, the collaboration of our professional teams, and the hard work of our staff. Today the Y is stronger than ever and poised to continue to serve this vibrant community for years to come.”
The newly updated Wellness Center opened March 28 and the renovated pool opened April 24. Somerville YMCA held a free community Open House on Saturday, May 5 to encourage the community to tour the Y and experience a full variety of its health and wellness offerings for all ages, from jumping jack challenges in the halls to chronic disease prevention highlights and group exercise classes.
Community leaders and local officials were on-hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony to demonstrate their commitment to the Y’s cause. Event attendees included Senator Kip Bateman; Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director, Brian Levine; Somerville Councilman, Tom Mitchell; Somerset County Business Partnership President, Mike Kerwin and VP of Member Services, Diana Sieberg; Somerville Superintendent of Schools, Tim Teehan; Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors Members and Somerville YMCA Branch Board Members.
Senator Bateman, a Somerville YMCA member since the 1970s, cut the ribbon and remarked, “This is a great day, not only for the Y, but for Somerville and Somerset County. The Y is an integral part of our community—a safe haven with programs for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Every week, I see first-hand what a jewel we have in our community.”
Thanks to the generosity of its donors, Somerville YMCA offers financial assistance to qualified individuals for vital programs such child care, camp and chronic disease prevention. To learn more or to take a tour, visit the Y at 2 Green Street or online at www.somersetcountyymca.org.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – (left to right) Dennis Sullivan, Somerville Borough Councilman; David M. Carcieri, President and CEO of Somerset County YMCA,; Morgan McLachlan, member of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors; Senator Kip Bateman; Mark Irwin, Chair of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors; Mike Kerwin, President and CEO of Somerset County Business Partnership; Jay Perantoni, member of Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors ; and Brian Levine, Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director all gathered to cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of Somerville YMCA’s newly revitalized Wellness Center