NYCEDC is working to create a 50,000-square-foot YMCA facility that will help revitalize the Edenwald neighborhood.
The Edenwald YMCA facility aims to meet the recreational and community needs of the northeast Bronx neighborhood. The proposed 50,000-square-foot recreation center will feature two swimming pools, a wellness center, gymnasium, and other much-needed resources for this community. The facility will further advance the OneNYC goals of revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing recreational opportunities for all New Yorkers. OneNYC is a comprehensive plan that establishes goals and specific targets for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city for all New Yorkers by addressing profound social, economic, and environmental challenges. The Edenwald YMCA will be a modern recreational and state-of-the-art facility that will set the standard for future YMCAs. In addition to this upcoming facility and the construction of La Central YMCA, there are currently 22 other YMCAs in New York City.
The Edenwald YMCA will be about 50,000 square-feet and will create a space for recreational and community uses within the community. Located at 1250 East 229th Street in the Bronx, the community facility will bring forth essential resources and services crucial to the development of the northeast Bronx. The new facility will offer thousands of families a state-of-the-art community hub and myriad programs for all ages. Membership will remain affordable to all residents, thanks to YMCA’s financial assistance program—a sliding-scale structure that allows all people equal access to the center regardless of income and ability to pay. A variety of programs will also be available at no extra cost to members, ranging from swim safety to family and wellness programs.
It is expected that the project will feature:
- Two swimming pools
- Full-length basketball court and multipurpose gymnasium
- Senior adult programs, including wellness and social activities
- Multi-purpose rooms for classes, events, and community meetings
- Various programmatic offerings (children’s, youth, family, health, community)
- Approximately 150 on-site parking spots
- Sustainability features sufficient to achieve LEED Silver certification
The YMCA community center will support 100 construction jobs and create approximately 100 living-wage permanent jobs throughout its development and operation. As part of the de Blasio administration’s efforts to expand economic opportunities to Bronx residents and families, the YMCA has committed to a 35 percent minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) contracting goal for design and construction. The development team will also engage in local hiring efforts through NYCEDC’s HireNYC program, a free program that connects residents and workers to the City's workforce development services for various projects.
The project has been pursued by the northeast Bronx community for decades and is now poised to finally move forward. Beginning in late 2013, local community leaders and elected officials began an in-depth analysis of the possibilities for the project to be located at E. 229th Street on a City-owned site. In an effort to maximize the utility of this underutilized site and catalyze a rejuvenation of the broader Edenwald neighborhood, under the de Blasio administration, NYCEDC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in October 2015, which sought proposals for the development of a recreational facility. Thanks to ongoing collaboration between the community, elected officials, NYCEDC, and all other agencies involved, this project will bring many important resources to the local community and help meet long-desired community needs. In particular, we want to thank Alonzo de Castro of the Northeast Bronx Coalition, Elizabeth Gill of the 47th Precinct Community Council, and the beloved late Bronx Community Board 12 District Manager Carmen Rosa.
The project will be located on the eastern portion of a larger City-owned site that is currently under the jurisdiction of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which currently has the Christopher School, a state-certified special education school. The Edenwald YMCA branch will also be adjacent to the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Baychester and Edenwald Houses, home to over 6,000 residents and the largest public housing complex in the Bronx, and will be essential in providing much-needed recreational space to the entire community.