The Bronx is Getting TWO Brand New YMCAs This Year

Construction is well under way for not one but TWO brand new YMCA facilities scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The first one will be located at the new La Central development at The Hub in Melrose at 430 Westchester Avenue and will feature fitness and wellness centers, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools, basketball courts, and tons of recreational programming for all ages and abilities spread across a massive 50,000 square foot space.

We took a hardhat tour of La Central earlier this week and although it’s still under construction, the sheer size of the facility is extremely impressive.

The second facility will be spread across a beautiful 3 acre campus in the Northeast Bronx neighborhood of Edenwald at 1250 East 229th Street across the street from Cardinal Spellman High School.

The Aquatic area at La Central will feature two swimming pools

The Northeast Bronx Y will feature some of the same amenities as the La Central Y at The Hub but its layout will, “…meld the indoor and the outdoors in order to connect members to the natural environment.”

The addition of these YMCA facilities into the South and North Bronx will be filling a void of such full service health and wellness facilities by enhancing existing services spread across our borough.

Rendering of the Northeast Bronx Y

However, once open, they will be one of the ONLY facilities in The Bronx with such services under one roof, especially in terms of aquatics and steam and sauna rooms, something that has been lacking in our borough and residents have been hoping to get for a long time.

Membership rates aren’t available yet for these locations but they will be reflective of the economics of the surrounding neighborhoods in which they will be located and the Y does offer financial assistance whether for membership or various programs so rest assured that this will be for the existing communities of the South and North Bronx.

We are most certainly looking forward to having these necessary facilities open in our neighborhood and will be taking full advantage of them once they’re open!

Check out the renderings below for each facility!

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.