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Yates Community Center Secures $1.5 Million Grant for New Event Complex


A significant milestone has been reached for the Yates Community Center (YCC) as it secures a $1.5 million grant award through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. This substantial investment will catalyze the development of a state-of-the-art multi-use indoor facility, poised to transform access to cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities in the heart of Penn Yan.

The REDC process continues to support and empower regional stakeholders in developing strategic plans and funding priorities that meet local economic needs. To date, through the REDC Initiative, more than $8 billion has been awarded to more than 9,900 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plan.

Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Inc., the non-profit entity behind the YCC, stands as a beacon of community service, annually serving over 2,000 individuals in Penn Yan and beyond. This transformative grant pushes the organization one giant step closer to constructing a cutting-edge facility designed to enhance physical and mental well-being, foster community engagement, and facilitate inclusive programming for all demographics.

The complex will feature multi-purpose turf and two hard courts and will also feature an elevated walking track. The proposed $5 million complex will allow the community center to offer year-round community programming such as fitness classes, sports tournaments, pickleball, clubs/leagues, birthday parties and community events and fairs.  The complex will be located next to the current fitness center at 467 North Main Street in Penn Yan.

Beth Clark, Executive Director of YCC, expressed heartfelt appreciation, stating, “We are profoundly grateful for this generous grant award, which marks a pivotal moment in our journey toward realizing a vibrant and inclusive community space. This funding will enable us to expand our reach, deepen our impact, and create a space where every member of our community feels welcomed and valued.”

Dr. Leigh Berry, President of the Board, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the significance of this milestone in the YCC’s evolution. “This grant award is a testament to the tireless efforts of our staff, volunteers, and community partners who have steadfastly championed our vision. With this support, we are poised to embark on a new chapter of growth and service, solidifying our commitment to fostering well-being, opportunity, and belonging for all.”

The YCC’s forthcoming multi-use facility promises to be a cornerstone of community empowerment, driving economic vitality, fostering social cohesion, and enriching the quality of life
for generations to come.

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