The YMCA of San Diego County is
pleased to announce that the Jackie Robinson
Family YMCA
has recently been selected to receive a $4,989,927
grant from California State Parks and
the Office of Grants and Local
Services (OGALS)
. This is the only Y
to receive one of the 62 state wide grants that were made available under the
Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Reduction Chapter of Proposition 84.

Round One of this Statewide Park
Program was intensely competitive.

The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Teen and Family Recreation Center project was
selected
for funding from a pool of almost 500 applications.

¢‰âÒThis is an
incredible boost for arguably the most critical community of San Diego County,¢‰âÂå said Michael Brunker, Executive
Director of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. ¢‰âÒThis investment from the State of
California
will build a legacy for our inner-city community. It allows us to immediately
expand the mission-driven programs of the Y based on needs identified by our
community.¢‰âÂå

Currently the
wellness center at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is 1300 square feet. The
renovation and creation of the new Teen and Family Recreation Center will be 6000 square feet with the
option of expansion to 8000. The project also includes a Y Child Watch facility,
allowing families child care as they use the facilities, a new parking lot,
lobby and administrative offices.

¢‰âÒThese
dollars jump start the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Capital Campaign project that
is focused on completely rebuilding this Y,¢‰âÂå said Baron Herdelin-Doherty,
President and CEO, YMCA of San Diego County. ¢‰âÒIt will bring equal services to
this deserving community.¢‰âÂå

The grants are going
to cities, counties, park districts and non-profit organizations all across
California and
will create 50 new parks and improve 12 existing parks. The grant recipients
were selected in round one of two grant distributions authorized under the
statewide park program within Proposition 84. In the Proposition, $400 million
was made available for the acquisition and development of park and recreation
facilities. Priority is given to new parks and the expansion of overused
parks.

¢‰âÒThe Y is a cause
for strengthening community, committed every day to youth development, healthy
living and social responsibility,¢‰âÂå said Brunker. ¢‰âÒThis grant reinforces all of
the great work that Y has invested in the Southeastern San Diego community since
1943 and 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.¢‰âÂå

Projections for the
completion of the project estimate that the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA will be
able to serve an additional 4500 - 6000 households.

A list of the
selected projects can be found at
www.parks.ca.gov/grants.