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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Colonie rec center...

You knew there was a catch: I've been excited for a while about the new recreation center that the Colonie Youth Center is planning to build in The Crossings park on Albany-Shaker road. They have been planning it for a while, and just yesterday they secured the final loan that they needed to go ahead with construction. The place just sounds cool:
With an aquatics complex that officials say will be unique in upstate New York, one of the center's most novel attractions will be a variable-depth pool capable of changing from zero to 6-feet deep and creating "slow, gentle" ocean-like waves. The complex will also have a three-loop, 20-foot high water slide, a lazy river that ambles along at 3 mph, a four-lane lap pool, an indoor running and walking track, a spa, and two full gyms for hosting basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and softball.
Awesome. Alas, the place is being built with private money by a private group (the CYC is not associated with the town) and thus there will be serious membership fees. Real serious:
Access to the facility will be on a membership basis. A family membership, for anyone who lives at that address, will cost $848 a year. Individual membership will cost $425 a year, $375 for a senior, and $580 for a senior couple. Youth memberships, for kids 11-15, will cost $215 annually, or $250 for high school or college students between 16 and 18.
That's not cheap. It's probably enough to price me and SJC out of the running. Now, it's not outrageous - any gym membership is going to cost you at least a couple hundred a year anyway - but it's still a lot more than I expected. I don't think they are going to have an over-subscriber problem, although they are prepared for quite a crowd:
Burns said membership will not be limited to just Colonie residents, and the facility can handle membership by about 3,900 households, or about 10,000 people.
I wonder if they will sell that many memberships? As Lebrun would say, I guess we'll have to watch and find out.
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