An official opening and ribbon cutting to follow in the coming weeks. – You can learn more about programs and registration here! 

BOSTON – Monday, June 5, 2023 –  The BCYF Curley Community Center, located at 1663 Columbia Road in South Boston, will be open for free community tours of the newly renovated space beginning on Friday, June 9, following a $31.2 million renovation. Members will be able to use the center for self workouts beginning June 15, with limited programming and classes starting June 20. The Curley will officially reopen with a ribbon cutting in the next few weeks. Details about the ribbon cutting will be made public soon.

Originally opened in 1931 as a bathhouse and dedicated by Mayor Curley as a “monument to health,” the building was last renovated in 1989. Features of the renovation include creating open and accessible hallways throughout the entire building, a fitness studio, yoga/dance studio, cardio space, childrens’ space, womens’ and mens’ steam and sauna, senior space, teen space, strength training area, multi purpose spaces and offices. The renovations also include a focus on resiliency, including measures to combat the impacts of climate change and future “king tides”, such as an open basement so water and sand can flow in and out, interior waterproofing, and removable metal plates to help hold back water on the ocean side.

Tours and membership assistance will be available beginning on Friday, June 9. Tours on weekdays will run on the hour from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Weekday tours for seniors will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. Weekend tours will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tours will be held until June 14.

Get ready for BCYF Curley Community Center’s opening by creating a membership in the registration system, Registration for classes and programming will begin on Thursday, June 15 and can be found at

Due to nesting of the endangered Piping Plover birds, there will be no beach access from the center until fall. BCYF is working with the State to secure beach access for the future. Members are welcome to use the nearby beaches surrounding the center for this summer.



  1. Southie resident June 5, 2023 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Do you know how much membership fees will be?

    • Maureen Dahill June 6, 2023 at 10:23 am - Reply

      I believe that is still in the works.

  2. John DiReeno June 5, 2023 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    31.2 Million dollars spent on renovations and they can’t figure out how to set the clock with the correct time above the main entrance. Another example of Mayor Cluless adminisration.

    • yes June 7, 2023 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Spoken like a true man who knows it all, would the contractor on the job, who has not yet been paid his final req not be responsible for the clock? or was the clock under his contract? I am sure you have the answer so please let us know once you have the time.

  3. Wiiy Wilson June 6, 2023 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Maureen can you tell me or ask the question
    In 4 years did they ever screen the sand to clean

    • Brigitte June 8, 2023 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Great question!

  4. Tim June 6, 2023 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Piping Plovers! That’s never happened in the 45 years I’ve been going there.
    People can’t coexist with the birds. This is crazy.
    I want a second opinion about the birds.

  5. Jean claudy Jean louis June 7, 2023 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    thanks for responding my email if I’m already a member at the gym 💪 how much is a membership fee now

    • Maureen Dahill June 7, 2023 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      If you’re a member I believe you are all set. They have not announced new membership fees etc.

  6. Dave June 8, 2023 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Piping plovers aren’t endangered

  7. Karen Morris June 8, 2023 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    The Piping plovers are new – last year there were 12 . This year I have seen parents and 3 chicks . Glad to hear they are to reopen

  8. Peter June 9, 2023 at 9:10 am - Reply

    As you can see, 1663 is the street address of the community centre. It’s also the year that Cotton Mather was born in the Bay Colony. Coincidence? I don’t know, but I do know that Cotton Mather had funny looking hair. Is this some sort of signal that the showers won’t have hair dryers so everyone departing will look unkempt? Another failure by the clueless administration!

    (Yes, I spelt ‘centre’ wrong to annoy you)

  9. Koz June 11, 2023 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    The New L will be nothing but a playground of the elite who live on Columbia Road. Working men and women of bourgeoise streets won’t even know the correct time as they drive by the parked foreign cars of the Columbia Road Elites. The red wine swilling class has taken over this once beer drinking enclave of blue collar warriors. Social transformation historians will point to the L as the woke tipping point that portended the demise of the Southie hierarchy as we once knew it. Think about it & discuss at your next book club meeting up the M Street Dog Park.

  10. clif sullivan June 23, 2023 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    what is the deal with the classes , where can you get a list of classes ?

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