Plans for a YMCA-like center for Colonie families began a decade ago with a townwide survey. Based on community response, the facility was built and programs put in place to meet the community needs.
Some of the center activities include swimming lessons, lifeguard training, water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, lacrosse, computer classes, first-aid classes, stroller fitness and volleyball classes.
The center features two full gymnasiums, a one-eighth mile elevated, walking/running track, a fitness center and community rooms with kitchens.
The center also features a multifaceted aquatic complex that encompasses a four-lane lap pool/wave pool, lazy river, fountains and zero-depth wet area for kids. At the center of the attraction is a multi-loop, 20-foot slide.
Naming opportunities for specific areas within the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center are still available for anyone wishing to make a commemorative contribution.
The center is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. It is located off of 30 Aviation Road. For information call 436-9596 or visit www.colonieyouthcenter.org.