The Jackie Robinson YMCA celebrated the groundbreaking of their soon-to-be-built facility in southeastern San Diego Friday.
“We want the entire community to start getting excited for their new local YMCA,” said Michael Brunker, Executive Director for the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. “A new Jackie Robinson Family YMCA reinforces all of the great work the Y has invested in the southeastern San Diego community for 73 years. It allows us to extend our reach to work tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve health and well-being, and give back and support our neighbors. We are very grateful to our donors, local businesses, volunteers, elected officials and the community at-large for helping to make this dream a reality.”
The renovated 50,000 square-foot, full-service YMCA will be at the same location it’s been on since 1943, but the new building will be able to serve more families.
During the first phase the facility is expected to be under construction for 12 to 18 months.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, among other local leaders, spoke to the nearly 200 supporters at the groundbreaking.
A dozen kids from the Y also put on hardhats and helped turn dirt for the facility.
After Phase one is finished, the new facility will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, two basketball courts, a multi-purpose room, child watch and kids’ Adventure Center, teen technology center, two exercise studios, cycling studio, mind and body exercise studio and a member lounge.
Key donors including, : California State Parks, Civic San Diego, County of San Diego, Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres, have pledged $26 million toward the construction.
Pending $6 million more in funding, the second phase of the project will include an aquatic center with a competition length pool and family pool and outdoor basketball and soccer complex.