More than 200 Lower Manhattan residents turned out the first-ever Battery Park City Community Day on Saturday, June 25. Hosted by the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, the event featured free food, free exercise classes, lawn games, and a prize wheel that elicited squeals of delight from dozens of toddlers.
While use of the Community Center was free during Saturday’s festivities, guests who were experiencing the facilities (which include a basketball courts, one of the largest swimming pools in Lower Manhattan, and a full gym) for the first time were pleasantly surprised to learn that they are very nearly free the other 364 days of the year.
The BPCA (which operates the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School as a public service) recently slashed across all categories of membership, with the result that an annual membership now costs less than the monthly fees at some comparable fitness centers.
Every spin a winner
Adult all-access membership for one year has been been discounted from $525 to $199. Additionally, a further discount is being offered to Battery Park City residents, who will pay $179. Annual membership for seniors, youth, and military personnel is discounted to $79. Previously, seniors paid $150, while young members paid $100. And purchase of either an annual membership or a day pass also entitles the holder to participate in (at no additional cost) many group classes offered by the Community Center, including group swim lessons for children and adults, tennis clinics, yoga, badminton, total body boxing, the Battery Park City Running Club, and more.
“Days and events like this one bring communities together,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, who stopped by in the afternoon. “Battery Park City is one of Manhattan’s most beautiful neighborhoods, but what’s truly special is seeing residents able to fully take advantage of that beauty, and the neighborhood’s wealth of facilities and amenities, while meeting their neighbors.”
For more information about the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School (which is located at 345 Chambers Street, near North End Avenue), please call 212-267-9700 (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm) or 646-210-4292 (from Monday to Friday, 7:00 pm to 9:45pm and weekends, from 1:00 pm to 8:45 pm), email@example.com, or browse: bpcparks.org/whats-here/community-center/