July 21, 2017
On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the YMCA of Metro Chicago will hold a groundbreaking event for the long-anticipated McCormick YMCA expansion. The expansion will make a significant impact on the community with two indoor pools, accommodating residents of the Humboldt Park, Logan Square and nearby Wicker Park neighborhoods who are predominately Hispanic, White and African American. A study by the University of Memphis and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas found that “64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability,” showing the importance of making pools and formal swimming lessons accessible to those who need it the most.
With the expansion, the McCormick Y will also be able to continue to collaborate with area nonprofits, such as La Casa Norte, Common Threads and Family Focus Nuestra Familia among others, and continue to provide programming that strengthens its communities by promoting strong, healthy children and families. This expansion would solidify the McCormick YMCA as a cornerstone, community organization.
The new facility will include a two-story, 13,000-square-foot addition that will house an Aquatic center, two multi-purpose rooms, a family locker room and two individual restrooms. The restrooms will be available to users of The 606 during the McCormick YMCA's operating hours. These will be the first free public bathrooms provided along the Bloomingdale Trail.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the McCormick YMCA from 8:30 - 10 a.m. President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Dick Malone will speak at the event as well as Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, Alderman Roberto Maldonado and the President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, David Hiller followed by a ceremonial dig at the expansion site, a performance by McCormick Y camp children and tours of the McCormick YMCA.