Updated October 12, 2020

When we first closed our doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we never thought that we would still be closed months later. We miss our members, we miss our staff and we miss the caring, kind, dedicated community that we housed within our walls.

We are happy to announce that beginning in July 2020, we have started to bring back some of our in-person programs. This page contains the latest updates to our reopening plans and what we are currently offering to our active members.

If you would like to take your membership off hold to participate in our offerings, click here.  If you have cancelled your membership and would like to rejoin the Y, please complete the online membership application. Starting Monday October 12, our Welcome Center staff also are available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 6:00am-7:00pm and Saturday from 7:00am-12:00pm via phone at 908-889-8880. 

We know our members miss the all the programs they participated in prior to our closing. Decisions to open programs are based on the state’s reopening plans and when we are ready to safely reopen each program. We will be reopening in phases with the health and safety of our members and staff as the top priority when making our decisions.

Thank you for staying with us during this time. Your support means the world to us.

Please see below (or click each topic) for the latest information regarding:
Wellness Center
Outdoor & Virtual Group Exercise
1:1 Personal Training & Nutrition Consultations
Pool Usage
Swim Lessons
School Age Child Care
Educational Child Care


We are thrilled to announce that the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y has re-opened its indoor Wellness Center by reservation only. And we just expanded our hours! Starting Monday, October 12, our new Wellness Center hours will be 6:15am-6:45pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday 7:15am-12:00pm.

Active members, ages 14 and up, can make a reservation for 1-hour sessions using our online reservation system here.  Click on “Reservations” and then “Wellness Center Reservation” to view available time slots for the coming week. Time slots will be posted every Thursday by noon and we will close registration at 2:30pm the day before.

We have made many changes to the Wellness Center’s physical space and cleaning procedures with the health, safety and comfort of our members and staff in mind. Strength machines, free weights and cardio machines have all been re-positioned to allow safe social distancing and all members will be required to wipe down equipment before and after use. Please review our new guidelines so that you know what to expect prior to your first visit to the Wellness Center.

If you would like to schedule a visit prior to using the Wellness Center to see how we have modified the space, please contact Jen Donahue at jdonahue@fspymca.org.


We are now offering outdoor group exercise classes to all of our active, full-facility members. We’re offering HIIT, Zumba, LaBlast, Defend Together, Pilates and more. You can read our guidelines for Outdoor Group Exercise classes here.

Also, all virtual group exercise classes are now open to our active, full-facility members only. Before each virtual class, registrants will be emailed the link to join. We plan to keep offering these classes as we transition to more in-person offerings.

Both the outdoor group exercise classes and virtual classes will be available by registration only. Members must register for each individual class they would like to take. Classes will be added weekly to our registration page here.

Outdoor classes will be held in the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Parking Lot and Brookside Park’s Lower Parking Lot (1255 Hetfield Ave., Scotch Plains). The location will be noted on each class registration page.

Space in our classes is limited and wait lists will be available. Please only sign up for classes if you plan on attending to be respectful of others wishing to participate.

For more information on our outdoor and virtual exercise classes and to register, click here.


Personal Training and Fitness Consultations at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA are back! 1:1 Sessions are now available for our active, full-facility members. You can view our Personal Training guidelines here.

We will be offering a variety of training to meet your needs and level. The sessions will be administered by Sheri Cognetti and Jennifer Donahue, certified personal trainers, and Donna Peart, our registered dietitian who is also a certified personal trainer. During the sessions, we will be following state guidelines for health and safety protocols.

As a Welcome Back Special, we are offering three 30-minute sessions for $99. The special is one-time use only and can be used by new personal training participants.

All 1:1 personal training and nutrition consultations are by appointment only. To learn more or schedule your session, please contact Jennifer Donahue at jdonahue@fspymca.org.


We heard you! Changing areas are now available when your swim is complete.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is thrilled to reopen our indoor pool facilities to current, active adult members ages 14 and over for lap swimming!

Starting Monday, October 12, we are expanding our hours and offering two extra lap swim sessions each week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15am. 

The pool is currently open for lap swim, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30am to 1:00pm (Pool 2), Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15am to 2:30pm (Pool 2) and Monday and Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm (Pool 1).*

*Please note: lap swim times are subject to vary. Please check the registration section for current availability.

We recently expanded the number of lap swimming lanes in use at one time and added specific times for water walking/individual water fitness.

Now, six lanes are in use at one time (except when there are lanes in use for water walking/individual water fitness). Swimmers in lanes next to one another are asked to start at opposite ends of the pool to help adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Water walking and individual water fitness lanes are available from 12-1pm (Pool 2) and 1:30-2:30pm (Pool 1), Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

All sessions are 60-minutes long, with time in between each session to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of the pool deck. Also new to lap swimming: two members within the same household can now share a lane. When registering, you can select to add a second person (age 14 and over) on your membership to swim during the same time.

To participate in lap swim, water walking and individual water fitness, members must register in advance. Visit fspymca.org/register, where you can view information on registering for our available programs, including lap swim, at the top of the page. Scroll down to the registration area and click on “Reservations” to view all available times for the week and register.

Every Thursday at noon, we we will publish a one-week schedule that starts the following Monday. Registration for lap swim will close at 2:30pm the day prior.

Members can register for a maximum of three 60-minute swim sessions per week. We ask that members please be respectful of others who would like to swim. If you have to cancel a reservation, please contact Ellen Daudelin at edaudelin@fspymca.org at least 24 hours in advance. Beginning August 3, if you do not cancel or show up for your reservation, you will be charged a $10 fee.

We all have an important role to play in keeping our Y community safe. We have implemented some new policies and procedures in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. By knowing what to expect and being ready to go, you will make the most of your lap swimming appointment at the Y. You can view the full guidelines here.


The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is excited to bring back group swim lessons!

We are offering 4-week sessions for children ages 2-13, with the next session starting the week of Oct. 12. You must have an active youth or family membership to participate in group swim lessons.

Registration for our upcoming session will begin Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 12:00pm at fspymca.org/register. You can currently view the classes here; click “Registration” followed by “Swim Lessons.” If you need assistance with registering, please call our Welcome Center at 908-889-8880.

Please note: space is very limited as we continue to evaluate community needs and interest. A wait list will be available and we encourage those unable to enroll due to space to go on the wait list as we may open more classes.

Updated health and safety protocols are being followed to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

View our Swim Lessons flyer with more information here.
Swim Lessons Guidelines can be found here.


The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is looking forward to providing a safe, educational, fun and engaging environment for school age children during the 2020-2021 School Year.

We currently have several spots available in our new Full Day School Age Child Care program for virtual learners in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood public schools and in the PM Wrap program for Clark students.

Click on the links below to learn more about these programs.

Scotch Plains Fanwood School District

Clark School District


We reopened our Educational Child Care program on July 1 with updated policies and procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

We currently have several spots available in our program. Learn more here.

If you are interested in learning more about our program and our updated health and safety protocols, please contact Kathy Barros at kbarros@fspymca.org.

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