Gonzalez Celebrates $5 Million State Budget Win for New San Diego YMCA Aquatics Center

Friday, June 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – (Friday, June 28, 2019) – The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in San Diego is getting the boost it needs to give South Bay communities a full-sized pool and splash pad thanks to $5 million secured by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) in the 2019-2020 California State Budget.

Southeastern San Diego is a very park-deficient community, with very few public pools or safe swimming opportunities in the community. “Having this resource in our community will prevent children who want to swim on hot summer days from turning to nearby polluted creeks or the San Diego Bay to swim, which would not be healthy or safe.” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “It also allows for healthy, safe play year round.”

While the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA used to have a pool, they were not able to raise enough funds to complete the rebuild of the planned aquatic center during the complete demolition and rebuild of the facility in 2017.

The $5 million state budget funding will go toward construction of a pool, splash pad and support mechanical needs as part of the new aquatic center at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.

The YMCA, which has served an important role in the southeast San Diego community since 1944, currently has 6,467 members as well as over 1,000 additional youth and family members who are part of the YMCA’s youth sports, day-camp and dance programs.

For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.