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Historical Highlights

1885  Dallas YMCA begins with 24 charter memberships   
         and a $4,000 annual budget

         The 1,100 member YMCA opens its first facility on Commerce Street

1922  The Dallas YMCA opens Camp Crockett

1928  A capital campaign raised over $1,000,000 for construction of three branches

1931  Completed 15 story Downtown YMCA
         
         Formed Moorland and Oak Cliff branches

1935  The YMCA's fiftieth anniversary was marked with a new metropolitan
         organizational structure, laying the foundation for expansion

1940  Dallas population booms to 300,000

1944  South Dallas and Park Cities branches begin

1947  First female member joins Park Cities YMCA

1949  Camp Grady Spruce opens on Possum Kingdom Lake

1955  Addition of East Dallas, Grand Prairie and White Rock branches brings
         the Association to nine branches and three camps with income of $726,820

1958  Town North YMCA began as an extension of Park Cities YMCA
        
         East Dallas YMCA locates to Worth Street House
        
         Association membership reaches 21,404 with 3,361 female members

1960  Although operating since 1957 as an extension, Irving YMCA was founded

1961  Town North YMCA expands with the Richardson YMCA extension branch

1965  Garland YMCA opens to the community

1966  Plano YMCA started as a joint effort between Plano Jaycees and the
         Richardson YMCA

1968  Mayor Erik Jonsson's generous challenge gift initiated Park South YMCA

1969  A 6.5 million dollar campaign provides new sites and renovations
         Rockwall Memorial Youth Center becomes the Rockwall YMCA

1974  The Community Services YMCA begins

1975  Casa Youth Shelter opens

1979  A major capital campaign raises $10,000,000

1982  New Downtown YMCA facility opens

1986  Coppell Y begins as an extension of Lewisville 

         Waxahachie YMCA opens 

1990  Capital Campaign for the 21st Century begins raising over $42,000,000

1991  Frisco YMCA begins as an extension of Plano

1996  McKinney YMCA opens with a generous donation from Stonebridge branch

1999  Coppell YMCA opens a new facility

2000  YMCA expands with the opening of the new Lake Highlands and White Rock
         facilities
        
         Plano relocates to Legacy Park
         
         Lakewest YMCA opens as part of a partnership with the Dallas Housing 
         Authority   

2001  Las Colinas opens as an extension of the Coppell YMCA

2002  Major expansion at McKinney, Downtown Dallas and Coppell YMCA's

2003  YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas passes the 100,000 member mark

2004  YMCA launches new programs, member initiatives and plans for a new
         capital expansion and renovation program

2005  Strong Kids Capital Campaign leads to South Grand Prairie expansion, Russell Creek YMCA and Park South Sports field

2006  Expansion on the Town North YMCA completed

2007  Casa Shelter program transitions to Salvation Army

2008 Frisco YMCA opens a new 25,000 square foot facility on Main Street

2008 Moorland YMCA completes its renovations

2008 Camp Grady Spruce finishes 5 new duplex cabins and new staff housing

2008 T. Boone Pickens gives $5 million to the Strong Kids Capital Campaign,
the largest gift ever to the Dallas YMCA

2009 Downtown YMCA reopens as the T. Boone Pickens YMCA

2010 Dallas YMCA celebrates 125 years of serving the children
and families of North Texas

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