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COLONIE: Ciccotti Center opens

Town officials, philanthropists and members of the Colonie Youth Center gathered for the unveiling of the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreational Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The center was completed on time and a half million under budget.

In life, there are things well worth living for. Look around you, said Gerry Murphy president of the Colonie Youth Center Foundation, the organization charged with raising the necessary funds to build the center off of Wolf Road and adjacent to The Crossings park.

The Ciccotti center will prove to be a legacy to the Colonie community, he said.

"We were offered that opportunity, and we seized it," he said.

The project came in at $11.8 million.

The 70,353-square-foot facility is designed to serve all ages from toddlers to seniors.

One of the goals of the project was to utilize as many uses as possible out of the facility, much like a YMCA. A survey conducted in the late 1990s outlined the need for such amenities after the town was repeatedly passed over for its own YMCA.

They opted to go bigger and better than a YMCA and offer an indoor water park unlike any other in the area.

"I'm totally amazed with what I am looking at on this day. The pool is second to none and I'm waiting for the day when I can come in and see children init," said Rudy Ciccotti, who contributed significant finances to the construction and development of the center.

After staff training through Dec. 29 and 30, the center will open to the public at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan 2.

Providing a place for children to enjoy themselves was the reason Ciccotti became involved in the first place, he said.

The center will offer swimming lessons, life guard training, water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, lacrosse, computer classes, first aid classes, stroller fitness and volley ball classes.

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