Our Y - Ocean County YMCA

Our Y

Our cause defines us.

The Ocean County YMCA in Toms River is marking its 50th anniversary serving the Ocean County
community with the release of a special anniversary logo that was created by Manasquan-based marketing firm Design 446, and upcoming anniversary gala. “Membership at the Y encompasses all ages,” said Michael P. Ritacco, Board of Directors Chair of the Ocean County YMCA. “Family and older adult members have the opportunity to increase their physical activity, enjoy social interaction, and learn healthy lifestyle skills.”

Proudly serving the Ocean County community, the Y is guided by four core values: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. “It is a good time in our history, and we are celebrating all-time record numbers of kids in both child care and summer camp,” said Peter Rosario, President and CEO of the Ocean County YMCA. “We will continue to work every day to advance our cause and strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

The Ocean County YMCA is in the midst of its new strategic planning process, which is expected to be unveiled early this summer. The Y will also host its annual Healthy Kids Day® event on Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm. The public is invited to stop by this free event to try sample classes at the Y’s new Family Activity Center. “This 6,800 sq. ft. functional wellness arena was created
to maximize opportunities for families to interact through a wide array of dynamic fitness challenges, group exercise classes and personal group training,” said Rosario.

Healthy Kids Day will also feature a petting zoo, 75’ inflatable obstacle course, guest appearances by the Ocean County Library, Ocean County Health Department, NJ Safe Kids, Toms River Police and Fire Departments, as well as other community nonprofit partners. Exclusive membership and camp incentives will be available.

The Ocean County YMCA’s 50th Anniversary Gala will take place in Fall 2020.

For more information, call JoAnn at 732-847-2071 or email jkermick@ocymca.org.

YMCA Amenities

  • 55,000 Square Foot Facility
  • 12 Lane Pool - 25 yards, 4'-9' deep
  • 6,800 sq. ft. functional wellness arena
  • Cardiovascular Center - includes treadmills, bicycles, elliptical, cross trainers and rowers
  • Child Watch Room
  • Adult Locker Rooms – upstairs for 18+ and feature day lockers and showers
  • Family Locker Rooms – For youth 17 and younger or adults with a child that include day lockers, showers, mixed and same gender changing areas
  • 12 Lane Locker Rooms – Same gender for youth and adults with day lockers and showers

The Ocean County YMCA has a rich history of service….

Five volunteers who saw the need for a healthy recreational program in the community founded the Toms River Family YMCA. Our YMCA began out of an office space with approximately 500 members.

As community needs grew, a Board of thirty supported acquiring land and building a facility with a pool that opened on West Whitty Road.

Our State-licensed YMCA Preschool (Mulberry Bush) and Before/After School (YKids) programs began in several local schools.

As our building, pool space, outreach and school-based programs grew, we were renamed the Ocean County YMCA.

The YMCA opened its 12-lane Aquatic Center, which is home to YMCA’s 300-member OCY Tiger Sharks Swim Team, hosts 7 local high schools swim teams, and hold several county, regional, and state-wide Championship Meets.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards the Ocean County YMCA a 4-year $200,000 grant for the Toms River Family Health and Support Coalition. The YMCA and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation serve as Co-Directors of the Coalition.

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