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Child watch while you work out. Indoor running track. Lisa Losh Aquatics Director llosh ymcanyc. The Cross Island branch began in as an extension of the Central Queens branch, which had been a fixture in the Jamaica part of the borough since The impetus for establishing YMCA programs came in part because of increasing youth delinquency, leading local business owners and members of service organizations to advocate for the expansion of YMCA programs as a means of combatting teen violence. The Central Queens branch agreed to assist, and the Eastern Queens branch opened in a donated storefront on Springfield Avenue in Dean cain superman Village, with limited professional staff and help from local churches and schools.
The shoestring operation was instantly successful-- so much so that plans for a building emerged not long after the branch began operations. A purpose-built building wasn't opened, however, until Located at Hillside Avenue, in the Bellerose neighborhood, the new branch was located on land purchased from the State of New York.
Despite its new building, Eastern Queens retained its status as an extension of Central Queens until Fundraising for an addition began inwith Mr. Kleinoder taking a leading role, and a significant addition to the building, named after the branch's benefactor, was opened in The addition allowed the branch to strengthen its focus on accessibility, which included nationally recognized swimming and other programs for disabled children and adults.
Inthe branch name officially changed to the Cross Island Y and in was designated an aquatic training center for the Special Olympics.
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