History of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
YMCA was founded in London, England.
The first YMCA building is constructed with a few meeting rooms and study areas.
Property donated at Barlow Lake by the Liesveld Family. Site became Camp Manitou-Lin.
Community raised $425,000 for construction of the West Branch building.
Community raised $736,000 for addition of gymnasium and locker rooms to the West Branch building and to construct the current South Branch.
Community raised $2.5 million to fund the construction of the Southeast Branch, and to add new features to the South Branch, and added racquetball courts, and a finished basement to the West Branch, additional cabins for Camp Manitou-Lin, and a newly renovated Youth Department for the Central Branch.
Community raised $3.7 million to fund the purchase of 120 acres of land for resident Camp Manitou-Lin, and to fund the Central Branch renovation project. Ionia Program Center established with the cooperation of the Ionia Public School District.
Generations Child Care Center opens in August in collaboration with Porter Hills Presbyterian Village. Ionia Program Center is recognized as the Ionia Country Branch YMCA. Mid City Adventure Club begins.
Lowell Branch opens two childcare facilities.
Downtown, West, and Southeast Branches open “Kids Gym” facilities.
Renovations of Camp Manitou-Lin are completed, highlighted by the dedication of the new Cheff Lodge, two new quad cabins and the Liesveld Pavilion. Downtown, West, and Southeast branches make significant facility improvements to enhance member services.
Dedicated the “Skip Gates Memorial Chapel” Saturday, June 24, 2000 at Camp Manitou-Lin. Purchased land on the corner of Post Drive and Jupiter Avenue for the purpose of a new North Branch YMCA.
Visser Family YMCA opened Teen Center and Chapel.
The $29.3 million, 159,000 sq. ft. David D. Hunting Branch YMCA, located at 475 Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids opened in July. The $8.4 million, 46,800 sq. ft. Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA located at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont opened in October.
The $200,000 renovation to the Southeast Branch YMCA locker rooms was completed in September, 2009.
Spartan Stores YMCA opened in August in Wyoming, MI.