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Updated facilities for budding athletes

Thanks to the $287,000 state grant secured by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, children, seniors and adults that utilize the facilities of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA on a daily basis, can now enjoy newly renovated and handicap accessible locker rooms and bathrooms.

Weinstein joined Kings Bay YM-YWHA Executive Director Leonard Petlakh, seniors, kids and Kings Bay “Y” members to tour the newly renovated locker room facilities. The Kings Bay YM-YWHA locker rooms were in need of repairs due to the deteriorated conditions of the 28 year old showers, lockers and bathrooms.

“The Kings Bay YM-YWHA has served Sheepshead Bay for the past 57 years and is the main community and recreational center for thousands of seniors, children, families, adults and the disabled in my district. I am delighted to have provided capital funds for these much needed and long overdue renovations which will improve the enjoyment and accessibility of the building and ensure that “Y” programming can continue. I am particularly proud of the increased ADA accessibility in the pool area and locker rooms,” said Weinstein.

“Assemblywoman Weinstein has greatly improved the quality of life for many children, adults and seniors in the Greater Sheepshead Bay by providing the Kings Bay Y with funding for complete renovations of the Y’s locker room facilities. Now, hundreds of people are able to use our aquatic facilities daily, including members of the disability community.Assemblywoman Weinstein has literally given the gift of health to many community members who now utilize our swimming pool, steam rooms and saunas,” stated Petlakh.

Through the grant provided by Weinstein, the Kings Bay YM-YWHA has newly renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms, new accessible bathrooms & showers, lockers, new saunas, new steam rooms, new ceiling light fixtures, new boiler and ventilation system upgrades.

Petlakh approached Weinstein in 2006 about the need to make much needed repairs to the locker rooms to ensure the continuity of a safe, clean and secure environment for the seniors, adults, families and children utilizing the aquatic facilities in the building.

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