Once the home to the New Jersey Nets’ practice facility, 390 Murray Hill Parkway in East Rutherford on Friday officially was reborn.
After a remarkable 97 years of waiting, the Meadowlands Area YMCA formally unveiled the site as its first-ever “Y with Walls.”
Giants co-owner John Mara, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, Assemblyman Gary Schaer and East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella all took part in the event.
(Coincidentally, I visited this building hundreds of times covering Nets practices for The Record in the 1990s.)
The same East Rutherford site where the Nets once practiced now will be home to the Meadowlands Area YMCA. (Photo: Chris Pedota/northjersey.com)
The Meadowlands Area YMCA, which has been operating out of more than 50 locations throughout the region since 1920, moved into its centralized location this month, after DMR Architects transformed the building into a new 83,200-square-foot community center.
The goal of the redesign was to “provide a 21st Century Y that answers the needs of today’s health-conscious population in a modern accessible environment replete with amenities including the Gourmet Fit Cafe, retail shop and numerous Wi-Fi enabled social spaces,” according to Y officials. A 9,600-square-foot aqua-center with a 25-yard, six-lane competition pool is under construction and scheduled to open in the fall.
Naturally, the gym has two NBA-grade basketball courts. The Mara Center for Early Childhood Learning, state-of-the-art wellness center, exercise and dance studios, cycling studio, teen and senior center, cooking studio, technology labs, multi-purpose rooms and meeting space will be among the offerings. SportsCare, a physical therapy practice, will be located at the facility as well.
The new Meadowlands Area YMCA facility in East Rutherford opened in May 2017. (Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com)
“The contributions that led to this day came in many forms from many corners of the community,” said Ron Simoncini, Chairman of the Meadowlands Area YMCA’s Board of Directors.
Community members who visit the new facility and want to be a lasting part of its ongoing history can donate to the YMCA’s Brick Campaign.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com.