To:         NYU Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
From:
    Alison Leary, Exec. VP for Operations
             Christopher Bledsoe, Asst. VP for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics
Date:     September 21, 2015

 

Plans and preparations are moving forward for building a new, modern NYU athletic facility -- part of an important new building to be constructed on the site of Coles that will also provide new classroom space, specialized space for performing arts education and practice, student housing, and faculty housing.

The construction of a new principal athletic facility where the current one now stands will mean some disruption and inconveniences. Our goal is to minimize that, to enable our athletes to continue to compete, and to permit other members of our community to continue to pursue fitness and recreation while the new gym is being built.

We want to update you on the plans the University is setting in place to meet fitness and athletic needs during the interim.

Coles to Stay Open through the End of the Fall Semester

Coles will remain in operation through at least the end of the fall semester. We will not close it until adequate interim replacement facilities (see below) are available. We will be able to provide a more detailed timetable later this fall.

Those wishing to purchase or renew Athletics memberships for the fall semester will only be charged through November 15 (as we indicated in previous communications), even though Coles remains in operation through the end of the fall semester. Users will not be subject to additional fees until the replacement facilities are up and running and a new pricing system as outlined below goes into effect. Please visit the information desk at Coles or Palladium, or submit inquiries here.

Interim Fitness and Recreation Facilities

While the new gym is being built, fitness users will have access to three NYU-owned and operated facilities:
• A newly-renovated fitness facility at 404 Lafayette Street (currently under renovation) that will house more cardio equipment than Coles currently provides
• The existing Palladium Athletic Facility with expanded hours, and
• The newly renovated Brooklyn Athletic Facility

The fitness center on Lafayette Street, which previously housed a Crunch gym, will include a full array of strength training and cardio equipment, as well as studios for various recreation classes. Locker room and shower facilities will be available at all three locations. To view a rendering of the fitness center at 404 Lafayette Street, click here.

Membership Discounts, and Discounts for Non-NYU Facilities
The remaining pool (at Palladium) and basketball courts (at Palladium and in Brooklyn) will be made available to users as often as possible. Of course, while the new gym is being constructed, those courts and the Palladium pool will be less readily available; in addition, we will not be able to provide interim spaces on campus for tennis, racquetball, squash, or a running track.

We know this will be a hardship for the members of the community who favor those sports or facilities, so NYU has taken a number of steps to try to address the inconvenience while the new sports center is being built:

• Membership Discount: NYU will reduce the Athletics Department membership rate for its three facilities by 20% from the current price. The lower price will stay in effect until construction of the new gym is complete.
• Discounted Corporate Membership Rates: For those who do not wish to purchase membership to the NYU facilities, discounted membership rates to several nearby external fitness facilities are available. Click here to learn more about purchasing these memberships.
• Opportunities for Swimmers: Based on the recommendation of the Housing and Benefits Committee of the Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty Senators Council and given the large number of members who swim, NYU will defray the cost of access to pools at the McBurney and Chinatown YMCA facilities for employees:
o For those with Athletics Department memberships, the University will provide a partial reimbursement of the cost of swimming lessons at the YMCA for children. Click here to learn more, OR
o For those current Athletics Department members who choose to forgo membership to the NYU facilities, the University will defray the cost of individual or family memberships to the YMCA. Click here to learn more.

For full information about memberships, rates, and swimming options, click here. In addition, please follow the links for lists of a list of nearby facilities with pools, tennis, racquetball, and squash courts.

FYI: Interim Arrangements for NYU Athletic Teams

To mitigate any interruption for NYU athletic teams, the University has entered into long-term agreements with CUNY-Hunter College, Pace University-Downtown, and other local colleges, for the use of their facilities for basketball and volleyball practices and competitions.

Palladium will be used to meet the various health, equipment, and training needs of NYU's varsity teams when Coles closes. Existing auxiliary gymnasiums located within Palladium will also be reconfigured to accommodate wrestling and fencing, as well as some recreational classes.

CONCLUSION
We are grateful for the efforts of the Athletics Department’s Advisory Committee -- comprised of faculty, students, staff, and alumni -- for helping to shape this plan to accommodate the many users of NYU’s athletic facilities in as responsive a fashion as we can.

In the coming months, as we construct the new gym, we are determined to sustain our student athletes’ ability to compete and to provide opportunities for other members of the community to exercise and have fun. Although there may be some inconveniences in the interim and some facilities will not return in the same form (such as an outdoor running track and tennis courts), ultimately we will have a modern, air conditioned, state-of-the-art sports center that will serve the NYU community far better, one that will be part of a wonderful new facility that will serve important academic needs.

Please feel free to click here to contact the Athletics Department with any questions regarding the plans for fitness and athletics, and visit the Coles Redevelopment website for more information about the project.



To:         NYU Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
From:
    Alison Leary, Exec. VP for Operations
             Christopher Bledsoe, Asst. VP for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics
Date:     September 21, 2015

 

Plans and preparations are moving forward for building a new, modern NYU athletic facility -- part of an important new building to be constructed on the site of Coles that will also provide new classroom space, specialized space for performing arts education and practice, student housing, and faculty housing.

The construction of a new principal athletic facility where the current one now stands will mean some disruption and inconveniences. Our goal is to minimize that, to enable our athletes to continue to compete, and to permit other members of our community to continue to pursue fitness and recreation while the new gym is being built.

We want to update you on the plans the University is setting in place to meet fitness and athletic needs during the interim.

Coles to Stay Open through the End of the Fall Semester

Coles will remain in operation through at least the end of the fall semester. We will not close it until adequate interim replacement facilities (see below) are available. We will be able to provide a more detailed timetable later this fall.

Those wishing to purchase or renew Athletics memberships for the fall semester will only be charged through November 15 (as we indicated in previous communications), even though Coles remains in operation through the end of the fall semester. Users will not be subject to additional fees until the replacement facilities are up and running and a new pricing system as outlined below goes into effect. Please visit the information desk at Coles or Palladium, or submit inquiries here.

Interim Fitness and Recreation Facilities

While the new gym is being built, fitness users will have access to three NYU-owned and operated facilities:
• A newly-renovated fitness facility at 404 Lafayette Street (currently under renovation) that will house more cardio equipment than Coles currently provides
• The existing Palladium Athletic Facility with expanded hours, and
• The newly renovated Brooklyn Athletic Facility

The fitness center on Lafayette Street, which previously housed a Crunch gym, will include a full array of strength training and cardio equipment, as well as studios for various recreation classes. Locker room and shower facilities will be available at all three locations. To view a rendering of the fitness center at 404 Lafayette Street, click here.

Membership Discounts, and Discounts for Non-NYU Facilities
The remaining pool (at Palladium) and basketball courts (at Palladium and in Brooklyn) will be made available to users as often as possible. Of course, while the new gym is being constructed, those courts and the Palladium pool will be less readily available; in addition, we will not be able to provide interim spaces on campus for tennis, racquetball, squash, or a running track.

We know this will be a hardship for the members of the community who favor those sports or facilities, so NYU has taken a number of steps to try to address the inconvenience while the new sports center is being built:

• Membership Discount: NYU will reduce the Athletics Department membership rate for its three facilities by 20% from the current price. The lower price will stay in effect until construction of the new gym is complete.
• Discounted Corporate Membership Rates: For those who do not wish to purchase membership to the NYU facilities, discounted membership rates to several nearby external fitness facilities are available. Click here to learn more about purchasing these memberships.
• Opportunities for Swimmers: Based on the recommendation of the Housing and Benefits Committee of the Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty Senators Council and given the large number of members who swim, NYU will defray the cost of access to pools at the McBurney and Chinatown YMCA facilities for employees:
o For those with Athletics Department memberships, the University will provide a partial reimbursement of the cost of swimming lessons at the YMCA for children. Click here to learn more, OR
o For those current Athletics Department members who choose to forgo membership to the NYU facilities, the University will defray the cost of individual or family memberships to the YMCA. Click here to learn more.

For full information about memberships, rates, and swimming options, click here. In addition, please follow the links for lists of a list of nearby facilities with pools, tennis, racquetball, and squash courts.

FYI: Interim Arrangements for NYU Athletic Teams

To mitigate any interruption for NYU athletic teams, the University has entered into long-term agreements with CUNY-Hunter College, Pace University-Downtown, and other local colleges, for the use of their facilities for basketball and volleyball practices and competitions.

Palladium will be used to meet the various health, equipment, and training needs of NYU's varsity teams when Coles closes. Existing auxiliary gymnasiums located within Palladium will also be reconfigured to accommodate wrestling and fencing, as well as some recreational classes.

CONCLUSION
We are grateful for the efforts of the Athletics Department’s Advisory Committee -- comprised of faculty, students, staff, and alumni -- for helping to shape this plan to accommodate the many users of NYU’s athletic facilities in as responsive a fashion as we can.

In the coming months, as we construct the new gym, we are determined to sustain our student athletes’ ability to compete and to provide opportunities for other members of the community to exercise and have fun. Although there may be some inconveniences in the interim and some facilities will not return in the same form (such as an outdoor running track and tennis courts), ultimately we will have a modern, air conditioned, state-of-the-art sports center that will serve the NYU community far better, one that will be part of a wonderful new facility that will serve important academic needs.

Please feel free to click here to contact the Athletics Department with any questions regarding the plans for fitness and athletics, and visit the Coles Redevelopment website for more information about the project.