The Princeton Family YMCA is looking forward to big things and new beginnings in 2017. Having just finished its long-anticipated renovation project, the YMCA is ushering in the new year with a weeklong open house and proudly showing the community its newly updated facility and programs.

From January 2 through 8, the YMCA will host an open house at 59 Paul Robeson Place, and community members can tour the facility, speak with staff, and sign up to become a Y member. As a special promotion for new members, the YMCA will be waiving its $150 joiner fee for the week.

Stop by any Y on January 7 for tours, exercise classes, open swim time, children’s activities, healthy snacks, contests, and pure fun, as part of the New Jersey YMCA’s celebration of an open house day for all Ys across the state. Many Ys will have giveaways and guest passes for those in attendance, including yours right here in Princeton.

What can the community expect to see at the recently refreshed Y? From the moment they enter, they will get a glimpse of the renovated lobby. Development and Communications Director Denise Soto says the new space is more inviting and built to allow members and guests to feel welcome to spend time with their family, friends, and neighbors.

The lobby will also feature high-top tables and areas for kids to catch up on homework before they start swim lessons or basketball games or other fun activities. There’s also a child-watch area so parents can enjoy their own Y programs without having to worry about keeping an eye on the kids.

“There is something for everyone and for all ages,” Soto says.

The women’s locker room has also been updated to include new air conditioning, new lockers, and new flooring.

The new direction of the YMCA will also feature some expanded programs in aquatics and sports and summer day camp programs.

The Y’s commitment to a better community and stronger families has not changed. In 2017, as it’s done for more than 60 years, the Princeton Family YMCA will continue to encourage individuals and families to make lives healthier and happier and to keep those well-intentioned resolutions, now that the New Year is upon us.

Members have access to the Y’s Life­Fitness equipment, basketball court, and swimming pool, but membership at the Y means so much more because each membership is directly reinvested back into the local community by helping to offset many of the Y’s benefit programs such as the Princeton Young Achievers after school program, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program for those living with and beyond cancer, and teen mentor programs such as Committed and Faithful Princetonians, Latinos en Progresso, and Y Scholars.

“The Y is more than a place to work out,” says CEO Kate Bech. “We’re a place of community.”

The Princeton Family YMCA is refreshed thanks to numerous donations from community members. Those who would like to contribute may still do so by visiting www.princetonymca.org or by visiting the Y during Open House Week.

Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. 609-497-YMCA (9622). www.princetonymca.org.

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