Flood Recovery Updates

Tuesday, October 25
Dear Rye Y Members:
We are excited to welcome swimmers back to the Pa Cope pool starting today at noon.
Here is what you need to know:
  • Reservations may be made up to 48 hours in advance.
  • Swimmers may enter through the lobby and wet corridor. The wet corridor is a construction area so we ask you to use caution. The men’s and women’s locker rooms are still under construction and closed. Swimmers may access the youth locker rooms from the pool area/wet corridor. See the next bullet for details.
  • The boys and girls locker rooms and showers on the 2nd floor will be available to adults on a limited basis through November 12 as follows: Monday-Friday: 5:30-8:45am – open; 9:00am-3:00pm – open temporarily on a trial basis depending on the needs of children in the facility; 3:00-9:00pm: closed to adults. Saturday & Sunday: closed to adults.
  • The two universal locker rooms off of the wet corridor will be open for toilet use only. Changing is not permitted.
MASK POLICY UPDATE
Effective today, vaccinated members will no longer be required to wear masks, although it is highly recommended. We are updating our policy because the COVID risk in Westchester County has been lowered from substantial to moderate. This change will stay in effect as long as the downward trend continues. Staff must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. UNVACCINATED MEMBERS, AGES 2 AND UP, ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS.

Friday, October 22

Dear Rye Y Members:
Like many of you, we’re eager to see our pools open and filled with swimmers. We’re working hard to make that happen! As soon as we can ensure that the boiler is working properly—hopefully next week—we will reopen the Pa Cope pool. Please check our website for updates.
Additional updates
  • The Brookside Pool will remain closed to refinish the inside of the pool which was  severely damaged by the flood. We anticipate that the work will be finished in about a month.
  • The Carver Center pool is currently closed due to a pipe break. The Darien YMCA and the New Rochelle YMCA are continuing to accommodate our members. If you plan to use these facilities, please click here for detailed information about their guidelines for visitors.
  • The Fitness Center is open every day during facility hours. (See below.)
Facility Hours through Oct. 30
Monday-Friday: 5:30am-9pm
Saturday: 7am-6pm
Sunday: 8am-1pm
Face masks are required for everyone, ages 2 and up
Please note that the elevator is not yet working.
  • Starting Sunday, October 31 we will expand our Sunday hours to 8am-4pm. At the start of Session 2, November 14, Sunday hours will be 8am-6pm.
  • We are offering two pop-up Group Ex classes this Sunday: 8:30-9:30am-Group Power with Hanan; 9:30-10:15am- Zumba with Martha. Reservations are required for all Group Ex classes at the Rye Y. We also continue to offer Zoom classes. Please click here to view the schedule
  • Open Gym times in the gymnasium: Monday-Friday from 12-1pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 7-9pm and Wednesday from 8-9pm. Family Basketball: Saturday from 12-4pm and Teen Basketball: Saturday from 4-6pm. Reservations required – up to 48 hours in advance.
  • Session 2 program registration starts November 3 at 8am online. Watch for details!
And Important Notes:
The Rye Y needs your support to rebuild after flooding from Hurricane Ida. To make a donation, click here.
If you would like to put your membership on hold, please email caitlinB@ryeymca.org 
Interested in making an impact? Full and part-time job opportunities are available at the Rye Y. To learn more, click here.
Once again, we are truly grateful for your patience and understanding as we rebuild.

Friday, October 15

Dear Rye Y Members:
It’s been so good seeing many of you return to the fitness center and seeing children back in our off and on-site programs. We continue to make progress on the first floor. Here is the latest:
  • The Pa Cope pool will open Monday, October 25. The pool has been repaired, cleaned and filled. We are completing construction near the pool deck and lobby to ensure a safe entryway for members. Reservations for lap swim may be made starting Saturday, October 23.
  • The plaster finish inside Brookside Pool suffered extensive damage from the flood. We are looking to replace the current finish with a harder plaster finish or tile, both of which require a more labor-intensive process but will be more durable for the long run. (The tile in the Pa Cope pool has lasted over 50 years.) We are confirming contractor schedules and availability of all required materials and expect this work to be finished in approximately 4-5 weeks.
  • Update – 10/19.  A pipe broke at the Carver Center which caused extensive flooding in the pool area.  Their pool is closed until further notice. The Darien YMCA and the New Rochelle YMCA are also accommodating our members until we can reopen our pools. If you plan to use these facilities, please click here for detailed information about their guidelines for visitors.
  • The Fitness Center is open every day during facility hours. (See below.) Youth locker rooms are available for changing.
Facility Hours
Monday-Friday: 5:30am-9pm
Saturday: 7am-6pm
Sunday: 8am-1pm (New!)
Face masks are required for everyone, ages 2 and up
Please note that the elevator is not yet working.
  • Our Group Ex schedule includes indoor cycling (in the Group Ex studio) and several new classes. Reservations are required for all classes at the Rye Y. We will also continue to offer Zoom classes. Please click here to view the schedule
  • Open Gym times in the gymnasium: Monday-Friday from 12-1pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 7-9pm and Wednesday from 8-9pm. Family Basketball: Saturday from 12-4pm and Teen Basketball: Saturday from 4-6pm. Reservations required – up to 48 hours in advance.

Thursday, October 7

Dear Rye Y members,
Slowly, but surely, we are rebuilding our facility following the devastation of last month’s flood. Here is an update on our progress.
  • We reopened the Fitness Center on Monday and it was so great to see our members again! The youth locker rooms are available for changing.
  • We welcomed back children for sports, gymnastics, dance and music and movement classes. (Please note that many areas of the facility are under construction and not safe to enter. When entering and leaving, make sure your children do not venture into a construction zone.
  • Our Pre-School enrichment program started on Tuesday in the 3rd floor Member Lounge.
  • Our new Early Learning Center, full-day child care for ages 18mos-5years, started at a temporary site at Rye Rec.
  • We restarted group exercise classes at the Y on Wednesday, a few days earlier than planned. Our schedule includes indoor cycling (in the Group Ex studio) and several new classes. We will also continue to offer Zoom classes. Please click here to view the schedule
  • Starting Monday, October 11, we will offer the following in the gymnasium: Open Gym: Monday-Friday from 12-1pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 7-9pm and Wednesday from 8-9pm. Family Basketball: Saturday from 12-4pm and Teen Basketball: Saturday from 4-6pm. Reservations required – up to 48 hours in advance.
  • We hope to open the pools later this month. Update – 10/19.  A pipe broke at the Carver Center which caused extensive flooding in the pool area.  The pool is closed until further notice. We will be opening the Pa Cope pool on Monday for lap swimmers. The Darien YMCA and the New Rochelle YMCA are also accommodating our members until we can reopen our pools. If you plan to use these facilities, please click here for detailed information about their guidelines for visitors.
  • We are now open Sunday from 8am-1pm. Our facility hours are below.
Facility Hours
Monday-Friday: 5:30am-9pm
Saturday: 7am-6pm
Sunday: 8am-1pm
Face masks are required for everyone, ages 2 and up
Please note that the elevator is not yet working.
If you would like to put your membership on hold, please email caitlinB@ryeymca.org 
If you would like to make a donation to support the Y’s mission or rebuilding efforts, click here.
Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding over the last several weeks.

Friday, October 1

Dear Rye Y members,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the past month. We are excited to announce that our facility we will partially reopen starting this Monday.

On Monday, October 4:
The Fitness Center will reopen at 5:30am. The 2nd floor youth locker rooms will be available for changing only. We currently have no hot water.
All registered programs that are held in the gymnasium will restart at the Y. This includes youth sports, gymnastics, gymnastics team and pre-team, dance, tot gym and baby & me classes. Rock Your World with Armelle will also start in the Y ‘s Group Ex studio.
The Pre-School Enrichment program will start on Tuesday in the 3rd floor Member Lounge.
Our After School program will continue at the Osborn School.

On Monday, October 11:
Group Exercise classes at the Rye Y will restart. (Exact schedule TBA)

Our open gym schedule will start soon – date TBA.
Please note that the elevator is not yet working.

Facility Hours as of Monday, October 4
Monday-Friday: 5:30am-9pm
Saturday: 7am-6pm
Sunday: 8am-1pm
Face masks are required for everyone, ages 2 and up

Next Steps and other info:

We are making progress on restoring both the Pa Cope and Brookside Pool. We hope to reopen the pools around October 18.

Our members have praised the Carver Center pool for its cleanliness and large windows – as well as the opportunity to see familiar staff and swimmers. See below for details.

  • Lap swimmers may use the Carver Center pool in Port Chester and make reservations through our reservation system. The hours listed are reserved for Rye Y members and the pool is staffed by Rye Y staff. The Darien YMCA is also accommodating our members until we can reopen our pools. (The New Rochelle pool is still closed.) If you plan to use these facilities, please click here for detailed information about their guidelines for visitors.
  • We have received approvals from the state for alternate sites for our licensed child care programs. Programs will start October 4 and registered participants have been notified.
  • The cleaning and first phase of the restoration process on the first floor is complete. The next stage is rebuilding all the rooms. We estimate the lobby/membership area will reopen by mid-November, the classrooms by December and the adult locker rooms by January. These timeframes are our best guess estimates and may change based on the rebuilding progress.
  •  Please click here for our schedule of virtual group exercise classes.
If you would like to put your membership on hold, please email caitlinB@ryeymca.org 
If you would like to make a donation to support the Y’s mission or rebuilding efforts, click here.
Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you back at the Rye Y soon!

 

Thursday, September 23
Dear Rye Y members,
Our electricity was finally restored on Tuesday and we are working on the necessary steps needed for reopening the 2nd and 3rd floor of the facility. This mainly includes repairs to our fire alarm system and running various checks on all of our HVAC systems and creating a safe entry point near our front doors as we prepare the first floor for significant renovations. We will provide an update on these items hopefully by the middle of next week!
Next Steps and other info:

  • With power restored, we can also begin to focus on the steps required to bring our pools back on line which includes repairs to our pool pumps and other pool related mechanicals, draining and cleaning the pools, and then refilling and chemically balancing off the water. In addition, we have to replace our boilers which heat the pools. The boilers have already been ordered and we are pushing hard to have them installed in the very near future. We’ll provide additional updates on the re-opening of the pools over the next few weeks.
  • Lap swimmers may now use the Carver Center pool in Port Chester and make reservations through our reservation system. The hours listed are reserved for Rye Y members and the pool is staffed by Rye Y staff. The Darien YMCA and New Rochelle YMCA have agreed to accommodate our members until we can reopen our doors. (The New Rochelle YMCA is temporarily closed, we’ll update you when we know more.) If you plan to utilize their fitness centers, group exercise classes or pools, please click here for detailed information about their guidelines for visitors.
  • We continue to wait for approvals from the state for alternate sites for our licensed child care programs.
  • Our sports, Baby & Me, dance programs and after school program will continue to operate off-site for now. Class participants will be notified of any changes.
  •  Please click here for our schedule of virtual group exercise classes.

If you would like to put your membership on hold, please contact John Grieco, Membership Operations Director, at johng@ryeymca.org.For those that have reached out about making a donation to support the Y’s mission or rebuilding efforts, click here.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you back at the Rye Y soon!


Tuesday, September 18
The New Rochelle Y is temporarily closed.  We’ll keep you updated. Lap swim is now available at the Carver Center in Port Chester, which has graciously welcomed our members to their pool during specified hours. Reservations may be made starting today for Wednesday slots through our reservation system. Before making reservations, please carefully read all the guidelines. We are guests of the Carver Center and must comply with all of their rules.

Friday, September 17
Dear Rye Y members,
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue the clean up process and start to formulate plans to rebuild the first floor.
  • Clean up by our restoration company is 90% complete at this time, but we are still waiting for our power to be restored.
  • We have established relationships – in true Y spirit – with the New Rochelle YMCA and Darien YMCA who have agreed to accommodate our members until we can reopen our doors. If you plan to utilize their fitness centers, group exercise classes or pools, please click here for detailed information about their guidelines for visitors.
  • Early next week, we will announce the hours that the Carver Center will be available for lap swimmers. We are excited about this continued collaboration and anticipate a start date of Wednesday, September 22.
  • We continue to wait for approvals from the state for the alternate sites for our licensed child care programs.
  • Thank you to Rye Rec, CCNS, Midland and Osborn schools for providing temporary sites for our sports, Baby & Me, dance programs and our after school program. These programs will continue at the temporary locations for the foreseeable future. Class participants will be notified of any changes.
  • Maintenance on our pools will begin when our power is restored and mechanicals have been assessed. We will update you when we know more.
  • Additionally, we will reopen the Fitness Center, Group Ex studio and gymnasium when our power has been restored and mechanicals have been assessed. We will provide additional updates on these areas in the coming days. In the meantime, please click here for our schedule of virtual group exercise classes.
If you would like to put your membership on hold, please contact John Grieco, Membership Operations Director, at johng@ryeymca.org.
For those that have reached out about making a donation to support the Y’s mission or rebuilding efforts, click here.
Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you back at the Rye Y soon! To view future flood recovery updates, click here. Click  here to view a short video from Board Member Rachel Breinin.

September 8, 2021
As we continue to clean up from last week’s flood, we are also reaching out to other nearby YMCAs to see if they can temporarily accommodate you. We are pleased to announce that the following Ys will welcome Rye Y members to their fitness centers, group exercise classes and pools. If we are able to secure other locations, we will update the list below.  Please click here for detailed information about these YMCA’s guidelines for visitors.

  • New Rochelle YMCA, New Rochelle, NY
  • Darien YMCA, Darien, CT

Other Important Updates:

  • The Rye Y’s gymnasium, group exercise studio and fitness center will be ready to reopen once power is restored and all mechanicals are checked and properly running. We are hopeful that we will be able to open these areas by next week or the early part of the week after. In the meantime, please click here for our schedule of virtual group exercise classes, starting tomorrow.
  • We have secured alternate space to run our youth sports, Dawny Dew and dance programs, scheduled to start on September 11, in the event that there is a delay in starting them at the Rye Y. Program participants will be notified with details by email.
  • We have located alternate sites for our licensed child care programs and are in the process of securing approvals by the state.
  • The pools will be the last to reopen and we’ll update you when we know more.

If you would like to put your membership on hold, please contact John Grieco, Membership Operations Director, at johng@ryeymca.org.Thank you for your patience and understanding as we weather yet another difficult time together.
We will keep you posted as we continue to assess the damage and rebuild. For those that have reached out about making a donation or volunteering, we are so grateful. To make a donation to support the Y’s mission or rebuilding efforts, click here. We are currently not set up for volunteers and ask that you do not stop by the Y due to safety concerns.
Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you back at the Rye Y soon! To view future flood recovery updates, click here.


Click here or below to see a slideshow of our restoration progress.

We are making progress on restoring both the Pa Cope and Brookside Pool. We hope to reopen the pools around October 18.
Our members have praised the Carver Center pool for its cleanliness and large windows – as well as the opportunity to see familiar staff and swimmers. See below for details.