Secaucus Recreation Center
1200 Koelle Boulevard
Hours: Mon. to Fri., 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, 4th of July, Labor Day Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Early closings: Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve Day, 1 p.m.
Cost: Day passes, $10; seniors, $5; monthly passes top out at $30/month per person; package deals are available.
Facilities: Basketball, track, Olympic-size pool, spinning/pilates/other classes
Note: Children under 16 must be with an adult
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SECAUCUS, Feb. 22, 2009 — Dozens of residents and children turned out Sunday afternoon as Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell cut a ruffled, red ribbon to officially open the town’s new multimillion-dollar fitness center.
The Secaucus Recreation Center, which is closer in spirit to a New York Sports Club than the antiquated facilities often associated with public fitness spaces, was alive with activity today, despite the gloomy weather.
A beaming Elwell spoke briefly to the 50 or so people assembled before wielding scissors for the traditional slice in the cavernous gymnasium, which was adorned with a “bounce house” and giant inflatable slide for the occasion.
Elwell briefly acknowledged some criticism aired in local papers over the scope and cost of the recreation center project, but he noted hundreds of children are already using the facilities and said it will be great for adult residents and seniors as well.
Flanked by Councilman John Shinnick, Deputy Mayor John Reilly, as well as other officials and children from the town, the mayor cut the ribbon and then kicked off a free-throw shooting competition with a shot that banked off the glass, wide-left.
The cost of the recreation center could reach as high as $12M, according to estimates, but the final tally is not yet known. Residents can join the facility for about $300 a year, a notable discount to the commercial gym chains in the area.
The operating cost for the facility is about $716K a year and the mayor has said in the past that he expects revenue from membership to largely support the rec center.
In addition to members, local schools will also use the Olympic-size pool and other facilities.
Classes in spin, yoga and aerobics are also available to members in the mornings and evenings at the center.
For those that may balk at a year-long contract, day passes can be had for $10 day ($5 for seniors).
Hours for the center are 5:30AM to 9:30PM weekdays and 8AM to 6PM on weekends.
Photos from the Recreation Center Opening