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First look: Asphalt Green comes to Battery Park City (slide show)

The new downtown location of the beloved recreation center doesn't officially open until June 15, but we got a preview of the space and its programs for kids.

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

  • Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

    Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City

Photograph:Melissa Sinclair

Asphalt Green opens in Battery Park City


Sports and recreation center Asphalt Green has long been a favorite of uptown families—we’ve included their classes, summer camps, and birthday parties in our lists of the best—and now (finally) downtown folks get to join in on the fun, too. The Battery Park City location was originally slated to open in 2012, but damage from Hurricane Sandy delayed construction for months. Until now, that is—the brand-new venue will officially open its doors on June 15, and we got a sneak peek of the 52,000-square-foot space.

The complex's three floors are equipped with plenty of classrooms and multipurpose spaces for programming, plus a fitness center, wood floor gymnasium, and two pools. There’s the 25-yard lap pool for classes and free swimming, as well as a smaller, handicap-accessible teaching and exercise pool with a moveable floor that allows even the tiniest tots to get their feet wet. But the new location isn’t reserved for athletics alone—it also boasts a spacious kitchen that will hold semester-long and one-off cooking classes for kids and families, and a theater with stadium seating where a variety of performing arts programs—like Stage Combat for kids—will take place. Also on the menu: A drop-off babysitting service, so parents can take a worry-free pilates or spin class, then pick up their little one for a mommy-and-me swim lesson. There’s also a family locker room equipped with accessible showers and changing rooms with diaper-changing stations.

 

To celebrate its grand opening, Asphalt Green BPC is offering a week of free demo classes from June 15–21. Kids can sample Asphalt Green BPC’s swim classes (offered for little ones as young as four months); basketball, volleyball, baseball, and other sports programs; and unique offerings like classes in circus arts and obstacle courses. Registration is also open for summer classes, which begin June 24, and fall programs, which start on September 7. And just like its uptown relative, Asphalt Green BPC holds a summer day camp for kids ages 4 to 13 (runs June 27-Aug 16, call 212-298-2978 to register) as well as a variety of birthday parties for tots like the Fun with Food Culinary Party or a Tumble & Play obstacle course party. Visit the website for more details, and scroll through our pictures for a behind-the-scenes look at the new space!

Asphalt Green BPC is located at 212 North End Ave between Murray and Warren Sts (asphaltgreenbpc.com, 212-298-2900)


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