In the last ten years, we have expanded our services and programs offered. We’ve outgrown our current space and are in the final stages of a capital campaign to raise funds to rebuild our facilities in Zilker Park. The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $3.5 million dollars to build the low income youth we serve a campus they deserve. We will begin construction in the fall of 2013 at the end of the summer camp sessions. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2014 so there will be no interruption to our services.
The Zilker Park Facility was built in 1932. The structure was last renovated in the 1970’s. It is now outdated and lacks the security, storage and weatherizing to be used year-round. It is no longer adequate to provide a safe haven for our campers, students and staff. At present, our Zilker Park campus hosts 80 campers each session. With the rebuilding of the Zilker facility, we will increase camper capacity by 50%. Four additional (2 boy, 2 girl) dorms will enable 40 more low-income children to have the experience of going to summer camp each week. It is important to build the new facility to address the growing number of campers we serve each summer as well as to enable us to better serve our Sunrise students. A new library and computer lab will greatly enance our year round programs. Our construction plan will use the same footprint as the existing facilities and increase space with a three-story structure. This will address the issue of preservation of the environmental and ecological sensitive areas unique to Zilker Park. The new facility will also have the capacity to provide space for all Austin YMBL Sunshine Camp staff including administrative and development personnel. This will allow our staff to function more efficiently since we will be in the same space.
For more information or to donate to this campaign, please contact Carol Thomas.