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JCC unveils site-doubling $8M expansion

Jessica Schladebeck
505-5438/@JessDispatch

The York Jewish Community Center has nearly doubled in size and is ready to show off its new digs.

Construction on additions to the fitness and early childhood education wings, which began last fall, were completed and put to use for the first time earlier this month.

"Our kids are in the classrooms, they’re using the motor skills room," said Melissa Plotkin, the center's Diversity and Organizational Development director. "The fitness center is also open and in use, and we've really been getting rave reviews."

The JCC will host a grand re-opening and open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, to give community members an opportunity to explore the center and ask questions about the programs it offers. There will also be sample classes, like yoga, RPM and PiYo, so "people can see everything in action," Plotkin said.

Early Education: The nearly 11,000-square-foot expansion to the Early Education Wing doubled the amount of classrooms there and also includes a large motor-skills room, which is essentially a scaled-down version of the center's adult gym space.

The motor skills room, which can serve as an alternative to an outdoor space, is a space for children to be physically active and can feature any range of activities, from basketball to obstacle courses.

The center's Early Childhood Education program — which has an ever-growing wait list — offers all-day care for children ages 18 months to 5 years, afternoon programming for kindergarten students and morning care for pre-K students.

Fitness: The JCC's fitness center also received an upgrade.

In addition to a renovated studio, the center is adding a cycling room and 25 new spin bikes as well as 10 pieces of strength-training equipment and as many as 10 new cardio machines.

The fitness center, which offers more than 100 classes, will also boast a new entrance and will be adding small group training and cycling classes to its rotation.

Funds for the $8 million project, which also includes additional parking, were primarily collected through a capital campaign.

Plotkin said the remaining final touches will include a new fitness office as well as a new front desk.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.