YMCA aims to make upgrades

2013-01-06T04:00:00Z YMCA aims to make upgradesEd Tibbetts The Quad-City Times
January 06, 2013 4:00 am  • 

The Scott County Family Y’s purchase of the former W.G. Block property at downtown Davenport’s eastern gateway comes as the organization is in the midst of a nearly $4 million fundraising program to upgrade its existing locations.

Y officials say they still need to raise $2.7 million to reach their goal, but they hope to do that this year, while completing the actual upgrades at the facilities in 2013 and 2014.

The capital campaign has been seeking funding from major donors and will go to the public probably sometime this spring.

The Y has three branches in Davenport, one in Bettendorf and its Camp Abe Lincoln location, which is just west of Buffalo.

The anticipated improvements include new equipment at all the branches, updating locker rooms at the Davenport facilities, improving the heating, air conditioning and ventilation system at the downtown YMCA, putting air conditioning in the gym area at the West branch and the addition of about 12,400 square feet at the Bettendorf location, as well as a host of other changes.

At Camp Abe Lincoln, officials say, they intend to refurbish the main lodge and dining facilities, renovate its water tower and improve the roads, among other changes.

The downtown facility, which has been at

606 W. 2nd St., since 1963 also will see improved handicapped accessibility, remodeling of the welcome center, renovated stairwells and enhanced security. Officials say they expect to spend $460,500 there.

Increased camera security systems also will be installed at many of the locations.

The capital campaign anticipates spending $2.25 million in Bettendorf, its busiest location, another $282,000 at Camp Abe Lincoln, $272,500 at the North Family YMCA and $262,500 at the West Family YMCA. Another $220,000 would be spent on child care and family services and early childhood education, with the rest going toward campaign expenses and other financing costs.

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