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October 13, 2000

Schundler To Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Former YMCA Site
DPW Renovates Recreation Space

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On Monday, October 16, 2000 at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Bret Schundler will cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of the first phase of renovations in the recreation space at the former YMCA, located at 654 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City. The Mayor will be joined by Department of Public Works Director Kevin Sluka, Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs Director Yessenia "Jessie" Correa, Council members, and other municipal employees.

"We want the City's recreation program participants to enjoy an attractive, refurbished space. The completion of this first phase of renovations is a step in the right direction. We hope to be able to complete the rest of the renovations in relatively short order," said Mayor Bret Schundler.

Over the last year, the Department of Public Works has completed extensive renovations at the former YMCA site. The rooms to be unveiled on Monday include a new weight room, a racquetball court, a multi-purpose room, and two baseball batting cage rooms. Upgrades were also made to adjoining office space, hallways, and to the swimming pool area.

The Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will be offering a variety of programs at the newly-renovated facility. Included in the programming plans are a basketball clinics, baseball clinics, cheerleading, arts & crafts, motivational speakers, aerobics classes, and much more.

The City has been renting space from New Hope Housing, the firm which manages the 654 Bergen Avenue building now known as Bergenview, since the lease received City Council approval (Ordinance 98-164) in December of 1998.

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