The New Pool Will Enable Jackie Robinson Family Y to Offer Swim Lessons and Water Safety Education

SAN DIEGO (October 8, 2021) – The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA celebrated the start of its highly-anticipated, $6.7 million aquatic center project with a special groundbreaking ceremony.

More than 100 invited guests gathered near the project’s construction site to listen to remarks from Dr. Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State; Mayor Todd Gloria, City of San Diego; State Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez and Dr. Akilah Weber, City Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe and many more.

When complete, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA will have an all-new 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool and a family splash pad area.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of years of hard work by so many generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers to get us to this monumental occasion,” said Todd Tibbits, President and CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County. “At the Y, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for children, teens and adults to realize their fullest potential. The programs and services offered through this new aquatic facility will be a catalyst in our ability to transform lives and communities.”

The new pool will benefit the Southeastern San Diego community by offering programs that provide swim lessons and water safety, family swim, rehabilitation and fitness, and competition and fun.

Construction is anticipated to start immediately, with the new facility expected to open by fall 2022.

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About the YMCA of San Diego County 
The YMCA of San Diego County is one of the largest Y associations in the nation, serving nearly 500,000 San Diego County residents and employing more than 5,500 people (pre-COVID). Through a variety of programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body. Visit to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292-YMCA (9622).