July 26, 2017
On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the McCormick YMCA of Metro Chicago held a greatly anticipated expansion groundbreaking. Sr. Executive Director David Rodriguez opened the ceremony with a description of the two-story, 13,000-square-foot addition that includes an aquatic center, two multi-purpose rooms, a family locker room and two individual unisex restrooms available to users of The 606. The planned expansion will make a significant impact on the community by providing two year-round indoor pools and much needed swimming lessons, accommodating residents of the Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa and Wicker Park neighborhoods.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado spoke of the impact the new facility will have on people of Humboldt Park and surrounding neighborhoods, which lack access to year-round swimming pools and formal swimming lessons. Maldonado does not doubt that “the YMCA’s new aquatic center will open a whole new world of opportunity for [the] children and youth in our community.”
YMCA of Metro Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone also spoke at the ceremony, thanking everyone for their continued support. David Hiller, President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation and Deputy Mayor Steve Koch were also there to speak about the importance of the aquatic center and how the Y is more than just a pool.
After a performance by the McCormick YMCA day camp children, a ceremonial groundbreaking was conducted outside the center on the south lawn, where the new expansion will be built. The sod-cutting was performed by Dick Malone, Deputy Mayor Koch, David Rodriguez, Alderman Maldonado, Denise Lam, Bridget O’Neill and Kathleen Ravotti.
McCormick YMCA expansion is set to open in fall 2018.
The Y thanks its major supporters of the project, including the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, The Northern Trust Charitable Trust, John W. Jordan, Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc., and Presence Health.