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Palm Coasts' Community Activites Building - YMCA
This was donated to us by ICDC for use as a Community Services building a.k.a. Palm Coast YMCA.

In the 1970/ 1971 Florida Land Use Plan the Developer, promised many things. In this instance was the first Yacht and Swim Club in Palm Coast.  The Yacht and Swim Club and Tennis Club were located at the end of Club House Drive.  The Yacht and Swim Club was replaced by the Beautiful Sheraton Harborside. Consequently, since the Yacht and Swim Club were no longer available to The Community in this first Section ITT ICDC provided this building and acreage for Community activities. We do not know if it was specifically stated in the 1975 'Consent Agreement' made by ITT ICDC and the Federal Trade Commission - perhaps future Researchers will ascertain all this -
Please understand that everyone in This Section of Palm Coast paid a high premium to live in it   The Standard lots offered in other areas of Palm Coast were hundreds and thousands below HALF the price of Lots in this Section.
The Tennis Club that was built was used extensively this Last Century, however, this Century the Tennis Club, was demolished, and  was paved over and made into that parking lot.
Since the Swim and Tennis Clubs could not be used by This Section, ITT ICDC replaced these recreational areas with the high end 'Players Club'.  
Sadly, this Century, we have not been able to use and enjoy these promised and agreed to recreational facilities for this Section, and it sadly remains up FOR SALE...
 

'....This marks the first time in the YMCA's more than 130 years of operation that it has opened a YMCA in a developing comunity....according to Dr. Robert Harlan, Executive Director of the National Board of the YMCA, ...it is customary to open a Y in an already developed community of about 50,000...'
 
PALM COAST YMCA FULL OF ACTIVITY
 
For the Palm Coast YMCA, there aren't enough days in the month, nor hours in the day to provide time for all its activities. The YMCA has a variety of programs for the area residents from oil painting to weight lifting.
A typical Monday morning at the YMCA begins at nine when the three and four year olds arrive for preschool classes. In another section of the YMCA building Jarly Jackson, a 70 year old former acrobat, is teaching exercise class. After a lunch break, it is "children's fun time." During this time there are also weight lifting classes in the next room taught by Tim Shanahan.
From 4-5 p.m. there is after school play hour for the school age children.
After dinner activities begin again with square dancing at 6:30. The evening ends with a youth rap session from 7:30 until 9 for the teenagers, and German lessons taught in the next room by Anne Russell.
All day people are in and out of the YMCA building, coming also to watch television, play billiards or ping pong. Also, many organizations hold their meetings in the large multi-purpose room of the Y. In other words, the YMCA has been going non-stop since its doors opened on December 11th.
The YMCA has various special events planned for the furure. One event will be a disco dance for teenagers. Plans are also underway for a spring softball team.
There are currently 352 YMCA members and the number is growing. Family memberships are $50. a year, husband and wife memberships $40 a year, single adult memberships are $25. yearly, and youth memberships are $10. Membership at the Y entitles the member the use of the facilities as well as free participation in the many classes and activities held there. Non-member must pay a fee.
This marks the first time in the Y::MCA's more than 130 years of operation that it has opened a Y:MCA in a developing community.  According to Dr. Robert Harlan, Executive Director of the National Board of the YMCA, it is customary to open a Y in an already developed community of about 50,000 but "so far the experiment appears to be a big success."
The beautiful YMCA building and the grounds on Palm Coast Parkway were donated by the ITT Community Development Corporation, which is also underwriting the expenses of the Y: for the next several years.
So if you're loking for something to do, stop by the YM:CA and discover the many interesting programs it has to offer. You can see for yourself why it's a big success.
 
Excerpt from: 'The Palm Coaster', published by the Corporate Communications Department of ITT Community Development Corporation for Palm Coast property owners, purchasers and homeowners, as well as their families and friends.  Vol 7, Number 2, Summer 1978, p. 8.
 
 
 

This Building and acreage was donated by ITT ICDC.
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Palm Coast's Y.M.C.A.

We will continue to be the Stewards of this material, hoping for a Museum like Flagler Beach has; hoping for a Certified Local Goverment like so many other Florida Cities already are -