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Imperial Beach Boys & Girls Club Renovation Expected to Be Completed by End of Summer!

May 31, 2018 03:38PM ● By Paul Spear

Imperial Beach Boys & Girls Club Renovation Expected to Be Completed by End of Summer!

The first thing you will notice is a big new entrance to the Boys & Girls Club on Encina Avenue.
Once inside it will open up to a very spacious game room for the children with offices at the back of the clubhouse where some employees will have windows in the office so they can look out and keep their eyes on the activities going on inside. 

This new spacious new game room will have a beautiful new tiled floor and all brand new games for the children to play with. Every single game in the clubhouse will be new.

For Ken Blinsman, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of South County the remodeling of the Boys & Girls Club in Imperial Beach is both exciting and bittersweet. Ken grew up as a child attended the Boys & Girls Club every day after school since 1966, a year after it first opened.

Ken eventually got a job at the Boys & Girls Club in Imperial Beach and over the years Ken climbed the ranks to become the President & CEO of what is now a very large non-profit organization, the Boys & Girls of South County. The Boys & Girls Club not only has the Clubhouse on Encina Avenue with the gym. It also operates the IB Sports Park for the City of Imperial Beach, it operates after-school programs at 12 schools for the South Bay Union School District and has a Clubhouse in Chula Vista and a new clubhouse that will be built in a new housing complex going in the East Chula Vista/South San Diego area too.

Said, Ken, when seeing the clubhouse starting to come down, "It's like seeing the home you 
grew up in getting torn down and with all the great memories go with it." One of those memories Ken showed me was a wall filled with covers with old Sports Illustrated covers. Ken said the children used to get paid 10 cents for bringing in Sports Illustrated covers. I saw one cover with a photo of Sandy Kofax and Don Drysdale of the Los Angles Dodgers which I estimate was from 1965/1966 as well as photos of Cassius Clay better know as Mohommad Ali. But as sad as Ken is to see it go, Ken is very excited about all the new items and services they will be able to offer the children going forward.

We have included some photos of some of the work going on and will have more details as they become available on the opening and other programs the Club Boys & Girls will be offering.

In particular, we will be introducing you to both David Sanchez, who took over Aaron Ruiz as Imperial Beach Branch Director and Oscar Hernandez, Imperial Beach Sports Park Director.

 










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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 














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