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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > The YMCA
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created by Explorer Zero on 5/18/2006 4:57 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 8/3/2018 8:52 PM
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Three interconnected buildings on about 5 acres of valuable tax exempt urban real estate with a swimming pool and athletic fields.

Building 1 a one story brick office and activity center.

Building 2 a one story concrete block structure that housed the weight room, locker rooms and equipment storage.

Building 3 a large tilt wall concrete structure that housed a regulation size gymnasium.

Swimming pool about a half Olympic size with lanes.
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
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 Physical Information

Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: local church
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • flooding
  •  Interesting Features
    I guess you just had to be there.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1960
    Closed: 2004
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    This location started out as a YMCA in 1960 with a gym, swimming pool, a couple ball fields, and activity rooms.

    In 2003 the Y moved to larger facilities and the deed was transfered to a local church. About that same time it became the HQ for a youth group called the Dallas Young Marines.

    A year or so later the sign out front said it was The Dallas Dream Center? Its still not clear who they were or what exactly they did but it shut down not long after they moved in.

    Now it just sits there vacant and looking abandoned growing weeds and collecting graffiti. Its been vandalized and several city code violation notices have been posted on the property.

    I grew up in this neighborhood and spent many a day (and night) at the old YMCA, playing basketball, boxing, swimming, lifting weights, and all for free just by virtue of being a student.

    The YMCA organized various sports leagues here, offered exercize classes for senior citizens, taught swimming lessons, hosted Boy Scouts troops, summer camps and even held concerts for local youth rock bands. It was an integral part of the community.

    UPDATE 01/05/2007 demolition has begun. Drove by yesterday and the pool has been filled in and the administration building has been knocked down. The gymnasium is all that still stands now.

    UPDATE MAY 2008 ground breaking ceremony held for a new public library to be built here, unknown what will become of the gym.

    2009, its gone nothing to see here just a library.
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    Its a library now.

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    44 photos of 44 years
    Thu, May 18th, 2006
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    Into the mouth of the CAT
    Sat, Jan 6th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    Young Marines Dallas Dream center

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    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/3/2018 11:19 PM.

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  • on Aug 3 18 at 23:19, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 3 18 at 20:52, Explorer Zero changed the following: Notes for Mods, Status
  • on May 26 18 at 23:48, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 26 18 at 19:48, Explorer Zero changed the following: Status
  • on May 26 18 at 19:47, Explorer Zero made this location private
  • on Dec 9 14 at 3:06, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Dec 9 14 at 2:27, blaistom77 changed the following: Web Links
  • on Nov 9 14 at 2:28, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Nov 6 14 at 0:52, Explorer Zero changed the following: History, Status
  • on Nov 6 14 at 0:26, Explorer Zero made this location public
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