02/06/2020 - Berkeley Heights YMCA Sets Grand Opening of New Location for February 29
09/19/2019 - Thank You Dr. Smith
09/13/2019 - Walls Are Taking Shape
07/09/2019 - Construction Progresses Rapidly!
05/09/2019 - Berkeley Heights, We Have a Building!
04/26/2019 - April Construction Update
03/19/2019 - Beam Signing Ceremony & Structural Construction Progress
02/28/2019 - The Foundation is Set and the First Steel Columns Rise at the New Berkeley Heights YMCA Construction Site
02/07/2019 - Summit Area YMCA Receives $150,000 grant from Investors Foundation in support of Capital Campaign
01/01/2019 - Construction is Underway
10/30/2018 - Day 1: Demolition Day
10/06/2018 - Grounds for Celebration! A New Era Begins at The Berkeley Heights YMCA!
09/28/2018 - A Letter to the Community: See YMCA History in the Making
BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA SETS GRAND OPENING OF NEW LOCATION FOR FEBRUARY 29
The much anticipated Grand Opening of the brand new Berkeley Heights YMCA is set for Saturday, February 29, 2020! This momentous day will be filled with fun activities, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, light refreshments, facility tours, Membership and Program giveaways, half-court shot contest, Foot Dart, fitness demos, chair massages, Family Zumba and much more!
The Berkeley Heights YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA, opened its doors at 59 Locust Avenue to the public earlier this month on February 6 and is excited to welcome the community to its Grand Opening.
“Every day, we’ve woken up excited to be one step closer to being in a facility that could not only better serve our members, but the needs of our community.” said Tiffany Escott, Executive Director of the Berkeley Heights YMCA. “And that has always been and will always be our goal. Our community is continually growing and changing, and as a Y that is dedicated to serving the community and building a better future for all, we had to find a way to adapt and grow as well. We are so proud of the new Berkeley Heights YMCA, and we can’t wait to see everyone come through our doors and enjoy everything we’ve worked so hard to accomplish. It will be a sight to behold!”
This historic moment is captured, as the new facility is the first new YMCA branch built in NJ in over 10 years. Although it has been over a decade in the making, this journey began officially in 2017, when the Berkeley Heights Township Council unanimously approved an ordinance that allowed for a 50-year lease of the Locust Avenue property with the Summit Area YMCA. The approval allowed for the YMCA to not only continue to serve the community as it has for the past 22 years, but to expand its offerings and membership, including anticipated improvements to the Berkeley Heights Community Pool that was originally built in 1964 and had fallen into disrepair. Having successfully managed the Berkeley Heights Community Pool in 2016, the Summit Area YMCA was asked by officials to manage the pool moving forward, which became a wonderful opportunity to revitalize the its facilities while also ensuring the Y’s longevity in serving the community with a new building.
“We are confident the new Y facility and pool on Locust Ave will provide essential services that will strengthen the community even further. We are proud to offer youth and adults swim lessons and lifeguard certification trainings that reduce the risk of drowning, a full-sized gym where children will build confidence by learning skills and sportsmanship, a child care center that will give working parents quality care options and peace of mind, and multipurpose rooms where seniors, cancer survivors or others will gather for fellowship.” said Paul Kieltyka, President and CEO of the Summit Area YMCA.
The new 40,000 square foot facility provides premium modern amenities, more group fitness studios, program expansions with Youth and Adult sports, a spacious and convenient Kid Zone, quality child care and more. Berkeley Heights YMCA members do not only enjoy extended membership privileges to the Summit YMCA, but more than 2500 YMCAs in the USA with the added benefit of Nationwide Membership.
We hope you will join us at our new facility at 59 Locust Avenue! Get excited for a day of fun and celebration, plus a ton of giveaways like an annual membership to our Y, the new Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA, personal and small group training packages, a free week of summer camp, swim lessons and more!
Saturday, February 29, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
59 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Schedule of the Day
10:30 AM Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
11:30 AM Basketball Half-Court Shot Contest
12:00 PM Family Zumba
12:30 PM Foot Dart Games
Guided Facility Tours
Fitness Equipment Demonstrations
Sprint 8 Demonstrations
Arts & Crafts
Membership & Program Giveaways
The Summit Area YMCA is grateful to the Berkeley Heights Community for the patience and understanding that comes with the construction of a new home and facility, as well as for the generosity of our members, donors, staff and local partnerships for its support of the Y in building a new legacy.
“The Y’s cause is to help every individual to discover their potential and to learn, grow and thrive.” said Francesca Garrard, Director of Community Programs at the Berkeley Heights YMCA. “Our three pillars are for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Everything we do, all our services, our programs, is to strengthen our community, for a better future, for a better us. The Berkeley Heights YMCA is special because the people there are special—the staff, the members, the volunteers. And now, with this new facility, with the programs and the new jobs it has created, we at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, and the Summit Area YMCA as a whole, will also be able to learn, grow and thrive in order to better serve our community’s needs.”
HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY - FRIDAY 5:00 AM - 10:15 PM
SATURDAY 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
SUNDAY 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Learn more about the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA and secure your early bird savings by registering for your pool memberships now through February 29, 2020.
Explore our latest Program Guide and visit our Online Schedules to view our current programs and class offerings!
THANK YOU DR. SMITH
We'd like to give a huge thank you to Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic in Berkeley Heights NJ, who made a recent donation to the new Berkeley Heights YMCA. The capital campaign gift was accepted by Tiffany Escott, Executive Director of Berkeley Heights YMCA, at the 23rd Annual Berkeley Heights 5k Charity Road Race & Fitness Walk last Saturday 9/15.
We sincerely appreciate your support and investment into the future of our community.
WALLS ARE TAKING SHAPE
Interior construction continues, from the windows to the walls. "Walking through the building now you can see the walls are taking shape," said Tiffany Escott, Executive Director of Berkeley Heights YMCA. "It's exciting because I can clearly imagine it now, filled with our community members and how the new facility will allow us the opportunities to expand our programs and services, and better serve our community. We're finalizing our program and marketing details, and it's exciting to see it all come together full circle."
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES RAPIDLY
Exterior construction and interior masonry is moving along rapidly along with the commencement of the roof installation. Summit Area YMCA staff from Association Services, visited the location for a site tour. "After years of planning, it's amazing how quickly the building is coming together," said Cecilia Aristizabal, Summit Area YMCA's Campaign & Community Engagement Manager.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, WE HAVE A BUILDING!
With the addition of the exterior sheathing, one can truly begin to see the constructions progression. Masonry continues for the Gymnasium, Locker Rooms and Shower Rooms. "We're all very excited when we see how much progress is made week to week," said Paul Kieltyka, Summit Area YMCA's President & CEO. "It's starting to look and feel, very real, and we hope the community is getting just as excited about it as we are."
APRIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
We commenced electrical and plumbing as well as laid the ground floor and second floor slab deck. We also started to erect the masonry walls for the Gymnasium.
BEAM SIGNING CEREMONY & STRUCTURAL CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
On Monday, March 18, 2019, members of the Summit Area YMCA's Board and Executive Leadership Team gathered at the site of the new Berkeley Heights YMCA to sign their names on a steel beam to commemorate this historic construction and celebrate the future of the Summit Area YMCA. In attendance were Trustees Yon Cho, Tom Hall, Justine Segal and Rick Vicens along with Paul Kieltyka, President & CEO, Anjali McCormick, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Emily Mimms, VP of Development, and Janet Smith, VP of Human Resources. Later in the day, members of the Berkeley Heights YMCA's Leadership Team & staff joined Executive Director, Tiffany Escott, to commence their own beam signing ceremony. The structural construction progresses on schedule and the expected completion date for new Berkeley Heights YMCA and Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA is early 2020.
THE FOUNDATION IS SET AND THE FIRST STEEL COLUMNS RISE AT THE NEW BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA CONSTRUCTION SITE
The footprint of the new Berkeley Heights YMCA building is beginning to look a lot different as construction progresses on renovations that began this winter. The foundation has been set and this morning another exciting milestone occurred. A crane was used to place the first steel columns in the structure's skeleton!
SUMMIT AREA YMCA RECEIVES $150,000 GRANT FROM INVESTORS FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, February 7, 2019 -- The Capital Campaign is securing philanthropic support for a new construction of the Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA and a renovation of the Summit YMCA. The long-term success of the Y facilities will ensure people are healthier, happier and stronger as we continue to adapt to the changing needs of our growing community.
The YMCA is grateful to Investors Foundation for their long-standing partnership with the YMCA and their continued investment in our community.
"Investors Bank has been a community partner for our Y for over a decade. We are so proud and fortunate to have leaders like Kevin Cummings and Investors Bank supporting our mission and our vision for the future," says Paul Kieltyka, Summit Area YMCA President & CEO.
To date, the YMCA has secured $1.67 million in support of the $7 million fundraising goal for the Capital Campaign. Construction is underway for the Berkeley Heights Y and Community Pool and the new building is scheduled to open in early 2020. Architectural designs for the Summit renovation are currently being prepared and the renovation is scheduled to begin in mid 2020.
About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling.
About Investors Bank
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.
About the Investors Foundation
Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors. For more information, please visit:
CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, January 1, 2019 - We hope you and your family enjoyed a happy holiday season and we send warm wishes for a healthy, prosperous 2019. We are excited to welcome the new year because each day brings us a day closer to the opening of a new Berkeley Heights YMCA and Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA. We hope you share our excitement about how the Y, by investing in a new facility and pool, will strengthen the foundations of our community and have a positive, transformative impact on the lives of many.
In that light, we want to keep you apprised of the progress we have made to date, as well as share some details about the construction project moving forward:
- The building, pool deck and pool have been demolished.
- The building pad and footings for the new building are expected to be poured in January/February.
- The pool design has been finalized, a 50m x 25m pool with new diving boards and a brand new slide.
- The baby pool will provide zero entry and easy access to the playground and shower facilities.
- We’ve met with the Police and Fire Departments to ensure that we are managing risk concerns and safety procedures.
- We’re in the midst of selecting building fixtures and finishes, fitness equipment, and more.
- We continue to meet with members and donors to raise funds to fund the building/pool in support of the Y’s mission.
After thoroughly reviewing the construction timeline and risk protocols with our YMCA leadership team, construction professionals and the township officials of Berkeley Heights, we have determined that while the exterior building construction is expected to be completed by the summer, the property is an active construction zone and because our number one priority is the safety of our members and staff, the property will need to remain off limits to non-construction personnel.
Thus, we regret to inform you the pool will not open for the summer of 2019. We hope this advance notice will give you the flexibility to make alternative plans for the upcoming 2019 summer. We look forward to welcoming you to our state-of-the art facility and pool in 2020.
The following local pools offer are open in the summer months and may be options to consider:
- Summit YMCA, located at 67 Maple Ave in Summit, has two indoor pools. Family memberships are $126/month. Adult memberships are $83/month. Learn more here.
- Berkeley Swim Club
- New Providence Community Pool
- Summit Family Aquatic Center
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA
DAY 1: DEMOLITION DAY
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, October 30, 2018 - On Tuesday, October 30 demolition of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA began to make way for the new YMCA facility and community pool. The demolition marks a new beginning for the community pool, the Summit Area YMCA, and the Berkeley Heights community.
GROUNDS FOR CELEBRATION! A NEW ERA BEGINS AT THE BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA!
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, October 6, 2018 – A grey morning did not dampen the turnout or enthusiasm of YMCA members, staff and trustees, township officials, key community partners and residents who gathered at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool on Locust Avenue to celebrate a highly anticipated event in the Summit Area YMCA’s history: the ground breaking for the new Berkeley Heights YMCA and Community Pool.
This new construction will create opportunities to collaborate with local organizations and partners, serve more children, families and seniors, create additional programs of all disciplines and highlight the Y as a community leader in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
“We have been working on finding a new home in Berkeley Heights since 2009 and we finally found it. Our new facility will help us serve the community in so many different ways for many more years. I’m looking forward to celebrating our grand opening in 2020.” -- Tiffany Escott, Executive Director at the Berkeley Heights YMCA
Saturday morning signified the end of this search and the beginning of a new era at the Summit Area YMCA. Summit Area YMCA President & CEO Paul Kieltyka addressed the crowd with his inspiring words. “It was never about the building, square footage, or the pools – it was about expanding our mission. Expanding our impact. It was about having the ability to really change lives. So what we’re celebrating this morning, in my eyes, is our ability to do this!”
Kieltyka was especially grateful to the Berkeley Heights community including its many residents, YMCA members and the township itself for its unwavering support of the Y mission.
Video Credit: Tapinto Berkeley Heights
He acknowledged Tiffany Escott and her staff, Trustee Yon Cho and the Facilities Committee of the Board, and the Summit Area YMCA Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by Robert Radest. In addition, Kieltyka acknowledged YMCA trustees, Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Berkeley Heights Township Officials, Berkeley Heights residents, YMCA staff members, and business partners: Vericon Construction, USA Architects, Jeffrey Sobel Consulting, Dynamic Engineering, Investors Bank, and GRO, for their help in bringing this project to fruition.
YMCA Trustee Teresa Mendez summed up the sentiment of the morning. “Once again we see the results of a new grassroots movement from the Y, board of Trustees, donors, staff, volunteers, community leaders, and the pillars of the community to create a place where everyone is welcome.”
Video Credit: Tapinto Berkeley Heights
Berkeley Heights Mayor Robert Woodruff and Robert Jeffries, Summit Area YMCA Chairman of the Board, then took to the podium to thank all those who made this day possible. Jeffries shared that the YMCA will be investing over $20 million in this project and the renovation of the Summit YMCA. He shared that to date, the Summit Area YMCA Capital Campaign has secured over $1.4 million in gifts and pledges to the two projects. He thanked supporters of the capital campaign and encouraged other community members to invest in the projects.
To learn more about the Capital Campaign, please visit: www.sayfuture.org
At the conclusion, various groups were called up to the podium to pose in hard hats and shovels, including young children, who will benefit from the new building and community pool. The crowd also enjoyed renderings of the new Y facility. The new facility will feature a childcare center, full-size gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, three studios, a wellness center, and of course, a brand new outdoor pool.
The Berkeley Heights YMCA continues to be a hub in our community offering valued programs and activities for all ages including childcare, youth and teen programs, fitness classes, special needs programs, Healthy Hearts & Cardiac Rehabilitation, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA and so much more. To learn more about the Berkeley Heights YMCA or becoming a member, please visit: www.thesay.org/joinbh
To read more about this event, visit: TapInto Ground Breaking
A LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: SEE YMCA HISTORY IN THE MAKING
We are proud to announce and invite all members of the community to join us at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new site of the Berkeley Heights YMCA on Saturday, October 6th at 8:30 AM at 59 Locust Avenue to celebrate this important event for Berkeley Heights.
For years, The Summit Area YMCA has been working to find a permanent location for the Berkeley Heights YMCA, so that we can continue to adapt to the changing needs of our diverse community. We have been limited in expanding our important programs to best serve the community, until now. We are grateful to have secured a 50-year lease agreement with the Township for the property at 59 Locust Avenue, home of the community pool. I, like many in our community, have made lasting memories with family and friends for many summers at the pool. The YMCA has successfully managed the operations of the pool for the last two summers.
As part of the lease agreement, the YMCA will be constructing a new YMCA facility, complete with a childcare center, full-size gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, three studios, wellness center, and of course, a brand new outdoor pool. This new construction is being made possible by the many generous contributions of people in our community to the Berkeley Heights YMCA Capital Campaign. We are grateful to the many community members, businesses and foundations who have contributed over $740,000 in support of the new building and pool. We hope to have the opportunity to speak with more members in the community who would like to invest in the future of Berkeley Heights.
This new facility will create opportunities to collaborate with local organizations and partners, serve more children, families and seniors, create additional programs of all disciplines and cement the Y as the true community leader for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Summit Area YMCA has been serving the community since 1886 at our four branches: The Summit YMCA, The Learning Circle YMCA Childcare Center, The Berkeley Heights YMCA, and now proudly the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA. Our Berkeley Heights Y opened 23 years ago in a leased building on Springfield Ave. As one the area’s leading nonprofits, we have been proud to serve the community and ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y.
We provide working families with peace of mind, through quality and affordable childcare onsite and in 5 local elementary schools; we provide free membership to 7th Graders and free swim lessons for 2nd graders. We are proud to offer a variety of health and wellness classes for all ages and abilities, including LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a free cancer recovery program and Healthy Hearts, a free program to improve cardiovascular health.
The YMCA is committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral to everyday operations. We have partnered with local organizations, to introduce more Special Needs Programs for youth and teens. These programs are thoughtfully designed for children with diverse abilities including communication, social, behavioral and learning differences to thrive in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.
Last year the Summit Area YMCA provided over $500,000 in direct financial assistance to over 800 individuals at our branches for childcare, membership and subsidized programs. Subsidized programs and financial assistance are made possible through generous charitable contributions to the Y.
We are incredibly excited to share this historical moment for our Y with the community, and endeavor to continue providing quality programs, resources and services so that every individual has the ability to reach their full potential. We’re getting our hard hats and shovels ready for a new, thrilling beginning. I hope we have the opportunity to celebrate this investment in our community together.
Berkeley Heights YMCA
About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.