The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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DALLAS, JUNE 2, 2015 On Tuesday June 2, the YMCA broke ground marking the start of the construction for the new Moody Family YMCA in the Park Cities.  More than 75 volunteers, city officials, members and staff turned out for the event.

Joining YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas CEO, Gordon Echtenkamp in the ceremony was Park Cities YMCA Board Chair John Palms and Park Cities YMCA Executive Director, Roger Moon,  along with YMCA Capital Campaign Co Chair Will Beecher and Touchdown Club Treasurer, Corby Ferrell.  University Park Mayor Olin Lane and several other city officials were on hand at the event.

“I am so humble to be leading this Board during such a pivotal time in our history.  What we build today will be the legacy of our Y’s future,” said John Palms, Park Cities YMCA Board of Management Chair.

Construction has begun as the old YMCA was demolished and the site is currently being prepared for the building stage, beginning with the underground parking garage. The new YMCA is schedule for completion in the fall of 2016. The overall project of the new Moody Family YMCA in the Park Cities is a $28 million campaign, which we have currently raised nearly $17 million. Volunteers continue to work hard in the community with not only key leaders but with all families to help to achieve this goal.

“This is an exciting time for the YMCA and the Park Cities community,” said Gordon Echtenkamp.  “The Y is a beacon for the more than 12,000 people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who are positively impacted each year through the programs here at Park Cities.  This new facility will not only continue the great work of the Park Cities YMCA but help us expand our reach in the community.”

The YMCA has been serving the Park Cities community for more than 70 years. The Park Cities was founded in 1944 and programs began in a small house in Goar Park.  The land for the permanent site was donated by the Hobilitzelle Family on Preston Road in the late 1940’s and the Y first opened its doors at that site in 1951, serving Highland Park and University Park.  In an effort to continue to provide the most up to date services the community deserves and expects, the YMCA is under construction to build an updated and expanded facility. Currently, the YMCA is in an interim space in Preston Center. 

If you would like to leave a legacy gift to the Park Cities YMCA please contact: Steve Nuehoff at 972-979-2554


For more pictures from this event, visit: Park Cities YMCA Groundbreaking