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April 19, 2012

$10M in Grants from Prop. 84 Funding

The YMCA of San Diego County is pleased to announce that the Copley Family YMCA and the South Bay Family YMCA have each been selected to receive major funding (nearly $10M) through the $368 million Statewide Park Program (SPP) under the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Reduction Chapter of Proposition 84.

The SPP awards grants for the creation of new parks and recreation facilities in critically underserved communities throughout California. The SPP is a function of the State Parks and Recreation Department.

The Statewide Park Program was intensely competitive. These YMCA projects were two of the 64 selected for funding from a pool of more than 400 applications requesting more than $1.3B, far exceeding the $184 million available in this second round of funding.

This incredible funding opportunity from Proposition 84 will go a long way in our Y serving more people, in more locations, in an equal way,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President and CEO, YMCA of San Diego County. “The awards are specifically for agencies serving low-income communities that lack park space and recreational amenities – a perfect fit for us. This is an amazing accomplishment for our Y and it will change lives for the better for years to come.”

The Copley Family YMCA was awarded $5M to develop the new Copley-Price Family YMCA in the community of City Heights located on the former Pearson Ford site. Construction will include a new aquatics center, a 53,000 square foot recreation center with an adult and youth fitness area, a teen recreation area/computer center, child watch/preschool area, an enclosed pool, social lounge, community meeting room, restrooms, outdoor picnic area and open space and a parking structure. The service area for this new Y will be the combined neighborhoods of City Heights, Talmadge and Kensington, bringing together three very diverse communities within the Y environment.

The South Bay Family YMCA was awarded $4,994,700 to create the new Bayside YMCA in the City of Chula Vista through development of 4.32 acres of land. This project on the west side of Chula Vista will be accomplished in collaboration with the Chula Vista Elementary School District; on the Mae Feaster Elementary School Campus which is a charter school within the district.

Construction will include a new aquatics center, a 32,000 square foot recreation center with a teen and family exercise area, child recreation area, social lounge, restrooms, and an outdoor one-mile exercise path with fitness stations, covered sports field and playground.

“These new South Bay and Copley Family YMCA’s are an example of what voters envisioned when they approved the 2006 Bond Act, Sedrick Mitchell, Deputy Director, California State Parks.“Children, seniors, and families - and future generations - will have a safe place to play and exercise within walking distance from their homes. These bond funds will make the community’s vision a reality.”

The average grant amount was approximately $2.9 million.53 new parks will be created and 11 existing parks will be expanded or substantially improved.

The nearly $10M in grants for these two YMCAs will be administered by the California State Parks’ Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS). OGALS grant programs that provide funds to local and state agencies and other organizations. Grants are generally for park, recreation and resources related projects. OGALS reported that youth, seniors, and families determined what they wanted in their parks and recreation facilities through extensive community based planning.

The YMCA of San Diego County also earned $4,989,927 for the creation of the new Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Teen & Family Recreation Center project in round one of the Statewide Park Program in Nov. of 2010. Round one was also intensely competitive and the project was one of the 62 selected for funding from a pool of almost 500 applications.

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