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History of The Family YMCA of the Desert

1982
  • Established.  YMCA of Riverside offered programs in the Coachella Valley prior to opening.
1982 - 1984
  • Y capital campaign conducted for $3 million, however goal was not met, with  only two acres of land acquired in Palm Desert.
1984
  • Merger with Palm Desert Youth Center on Portola Avenue.
1986
  • Y purchased modular facilities and moved the Youth Center and YMCA offices to Magnesia Falls Park in Palm Desert.
1987
  • Y began to provide before and after school programs at some Desert Sands Schools (on each campus).  Other programs initiated included youth basketball, day and resident camps, and gymnastics.
1988
  • Y holds first annual “Hoedown at Sundown” childcare fund-raiser.
1989
  • Y after school programs were licensed per directive of California State Department of Social Services.
  • Programs launched at Monroe Elementary in Bermuda Dunes and Ford Elementary in Palm Desert.
  • Plans begin with the City of Palm Desert for Y facility construction/lease with the Palm Desert Redevelopment Agency.
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1990
  • Y Palm Desert facility opened on San Pablo Avenue.
1991
  • Y opened YMCA La Quinta Preschool.
1994
  • Merger with Girls, Inc., in Indio.  Boards of Directors merged.
1995
  • Doris Mechanick Preschool state contract acquired; preschool opened.
1996
  • Gymnastics Center opened on Berkey Drive in Bermuda Dunes.
  • Rancho Mirage Child Development Center opened at Rancho Mirage Elementary site.  
     
1997
  • Jean Benson Preschool opened (February).
  • Indio Youth Center (formerly Girls, Inc), closed for renovations; reopened in September.
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1999
  • Y opens Child Care Center at Carter Elementary in Palm Desert.
  • La Quinta Preschool and Jean Benson Preschool state contracts acquired.
  • Gymnastics Center closed in Palm Desert.
2001
  • Opened Amelia Earhart Elementary in Indio (October).
2002
  • Strategic Plan developed.
2003
  • Closed Indio Youth Center.     
  • Adopted Strategic Plan- formed new board teams.
2004
  • Acquired the former Palm Springs Youth Center; re-opened as the Palm Springs Y.
  • Opened Lincoln Elementary in partnership with the City of Palm Desert.
2005
  • Y holds first annual “Charity Golf Tournament” (May).
  • Closed Monroe Elementary (September).
  • Opened Col Mitchell Paige Middle (September).
  • Opened Adams Elementary (December).
  • Opened Ben Franklin Elementary (December).
2006
  • Became partners with Desert Sands Unified and Palm Springs Unified School Districts in providing the state funded “After School Education and Safety” program (ASES).
  • Began outreach and fundraising for capital campaign (May).
  • Opened Carrillo Ranch Elementary (September).
  • Opened Ronald Reagan Elementary (September).
2007
  • Closed Col Mitchell Paige Middle (June).
  • Contracted with the City of La Quinta to operate Y swim programs at Fritz Burns Pool.
  • Family YMCA of the Desert celebrates 25th Anniversary (October).
  • Launched partnership with Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) to provide after school programs at four low-income family housing communities:
  • Coyote Run in Palm Springs (April), Arroyo de Paz in Desert Hot Springs (August),
    Fuente de Paz in Coachella (November), and Desert Gardens in Indio (October).
2008
  • Suspended capital campaign (February).
  • Free swim program (April).
  • Y Be Fit program began in Desert Hot Springs (September).
  • Opened Vista Dunes in La Quinta (Hope Through Housing) after school program (October).
2009
  • Free swim program (April).
  • Y Be Fit program renewed for another year in Desert Hot Springs.
  • Opened CVHC sites Paseo de los Heroes I in Mecca (September) and Las Casas in Coachella (September).
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2010
  • Closed Rancho Mirage Elementary (March).
  • Closed Franklin Elementary.
  • Closed Carrillo Ranch Elementary (December).
  • Opened CVHC site at Wolff Waters in La Quinta (March).
  • Shoes That Fit program in Desert Hot Springs (May).
  • Closed the Palm Springs YMCA; facility sold to City of Palm Springs (June).
  • Opened CVHC site at Paseo de Los Heroes 2 in Mecca (August).
  • Acquired additional PSUSD ASES sites; the YMCA becomes the official ASES program provider for 20 schools (16 elementary / 4 middle) in the district (September).
2011
  • Family YMCA selected by City of Palm Desert to operate $7.5 million Palm Desert Aquatics Center, under construction (February).
2012
  • Special Guest appearance of Olympic Swimmer Janet Evans; Hoedown at Sundown, 2012
  • Acquired additional PSUSD ASES site at Painted Hills Middle School (August).
  • Opened CVHC sites at Rosa Gardens in Palm Springs (August) and Brisas de la Paz in Desert Hot Springs (November).
2013
  • Sustaining Campaign Honorary Chair, Janet Evans, former Olympiad.
  • Swim to Win - Largest one day Swim Safety Day ever held in valley - featuring 6 Olympian Swimmers and over 2000 people in attendance.
2014
  • Sustaining Campaign Chair, Carl Karcher of CLK Enterprises (2013, 2014).
  • Just Add Swim (formerly Swim to Win) - Largest one day Swim Safety Day ever held in valley featuring Olympic Swimmers; over 2000 people in attendance.
  • Record breaking attendance at our Summer Day-Camps and Resident-Camps.
  • Inaugural year for Y-Be-Fit-Palm-Desert-Challenge:  Reverse-Mini-Triathlon, 5K Run/Walk, 1K Color Run/Walk.
2015
  • Successful Annual Campaign exceeded goal by $100,000.
  • New CVHC sites at Rosa Gardens (Palm Springs) and Brisas de la Paz (Desert Hot Springs).
 

[Revised December 10, 2015]

                       
 
            










 

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Family YMCA of the Desert
43-930 San Pablo Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone #: 760-341-9622
Fax #: 760-779-9651
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