BATTERY PARK CITY — The much-anticipated Asphalt Green community and fitness center will finally open its doors on June 15.
“We’re thrilled to offer this space to the community,” said Bryan Beary, the director of Asphalt Green Battery Park City, during a tour of the 52,000-square-foot facility at 212 North End Ave. Wednesday. "It's really meant to be an all-encompassing center for a healthy lifestyle."
The $55 million space, built by the Battery Park City Authority, was originally scheduled to open in November 2011 but, much to the dismay of locals, its launch has been delayed several times. The center's most recent challenge occurred when Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage.
The expansive center features two pools, a full-size basketball court, a 156-seat theater and several classrooms for children's and seniors' music and art courses and a host of after-school programming and community events.
The space’s large, bright gym area also has rooms for exercise classes, including pilates and spin.
Asphalt Green is also working with Great Performances, a catering company, to offer a variety of adult cooking classes and special tastings in the facility’s state-of-the art kitchen.
For those who don't want to cook their own food, the center will also have a cafe for light bites and juices.
“We really want to be full-service for the entire family and community,” Beary said.
The facility will include a variety of swim, basketball and volleyball leagues and classes for both children and adults. The center will also offer a summer day camp program, starting June 27.
There are also courses for babies and their parents, like baby sign language, mom and baby yoga and even baby massage.
But for separate parent and kid playtime, the center will provide babysitting services.
Annual membership prices range from $1,548 for singles to $3,228 for families, which includes two children and two adults.
Non-members can also buy select classes without paying a membership fee. Plus, the Battery Park City Authority will have use of the theater for 23 hours a week for free community programming, as well as public access to the rest of the facility for 12 hours a week.
For more information about the center, visit its website.