The Dubuque Community Y – like Union Park itself – has a long and rich history. The YMCA of Dubuque was founded on September 11, 1866, and was begun to provide lodging rooms for young men. Today the Dubuque Community Y continues to meet the needs of a growing and diverse community by offering a variety of programs including health and wellness, youth sports, swimming lessons, day camping and youth outreach programs.
With the addition of the Sky Tours zipline, the Dubuque Community Y offers an outdoor experience that engages with the beautiful and natural environment that is Union Park.
Mission. The Dubuque Community Y, utilizing Christian principles, creates opportunities for growth, leadership, and empowerment for women, men, and youth by building healthy mind, spirit, and body with emphasis on respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, and the elimination of racism and prejudices.