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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Grand Rapids YMCA is organized by a small group of men meeting in the chapel of the First Park Congregational Church.
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A $100,000 building is constructed. It included a gymnasium, swimming pool, track and library rooms. (Now the site of the Federal Square Building),
Central Branch at 33 Library Street, NE was constructed at a time when the population of Grand Rapids was 112,000. (Total cost was $250,000.)
Organizations of the Lowell Branch with the assistance of the King Memorial Fund. South Branch organized.
Central Branch remodeled to expand recreational capacity.
Instructional swimming pool added at South Branch facility. Central Branch added Nautilus Center and family locker rooms.
Downtown Branch YMCA Capital Campaign to name the new natatorium in honor of Paul G. Goebel, Sr., former mayor of Grand Rapids and President of the YMCA Board of Directors from 1937-1941. Corporate Sports Challenge begins.
South Branch converts from a facility to a community-based operation. Shelter Plus Care, a special residence program for veterans, is established at the Downtown YMCA.
Downtown YMCA collaborates with the West Michigan Whitecaps to offer Inner City Baseball Program.
Metropolitan YMCA begins Capital Campaign for expansions at Southeast, West and Camp Manitou-Lin. South Branch headquarters move from Wyoming to Grandville and is renamed Southwest Branch.
Purchased new Southwest facility, which was dedicated as the “Visser Family YMCA” on May 7, 2000.
New Lowell YMCA Community Wellness and Teen Centers open on January 1, 2001. New Southeast YMCA Teen Center opened June 12, 2001.
The Downtown and West Board of Managers merged to form the David D. Hunting Board of Managers. The Fit Zone opened. Continuous Quality Initiative was implemented.
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The $2.1 million, 12,000 sq. ft Phase II expansion of the Wolverine World Wide Family Branch YMCA includes a wellness area, gymnasium, 10 family locker rooms, and an educational classroom/program meeting space.
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Construction began for the Spartan Stores Branch YMCA, a $13 million, 96,000 sq. ft. facility located at 5722 Metro Way, Wyoming.
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin celebrated its 100-Year Anniversary.