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Asphalt Green's Battery Park City Center Delayed Again

By Julie Shapiro | December 19, 2011 4:29pm

BATTERY PARK CITY — Classes at the new Asphalt Green community center in Battery Park City won't begin until mid-April, thanks to another round of delays on the $55 million project, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

The 52,000-square-foot facility on North End Avenue — which will feature two pools, a gym and a 156-seat theater — was originally supposed to open in November, but the date was initially pushed back to January and then to the beginning of February because of delays in getting city permits.

When it became clear that the opening would be delayed still further, Asphalt Green decided last week to cancel its previously announced winter semester of classes, a company spokeswoman said.

"We don't know a firm date [for the opening]," the spokeswoman said.

The Battery Park City Authority, which is building the 212 N. End Ave. center for Asphalt Green, did not immediately comment.

Ruth Ohman, a member of Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee, was surprised to hear the Asphalt Green center was delayed again.  

"I know some people will be quite disappointed," Ohman said.

Once the center's paid classes launch in mid-April, they will offer an enormous range of activities for all ages, from swim lessons for toddlers to classes in classic French cooking for adults.

Children's athletic programs will include lessons in soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and martial arts, while adults can train for a triathlon or practice in a sports league.  

On the cultural side, adults can learn to play the guitar and crochet a baby blanket, while kids can take music and painting classes with the Church Street School for Music and Art.

For more information, visit Asphalt Green Battery Park City's website or the membership office at 211 N. End Ave.