YMCA Begins Renovations to Historic Gem

The YMCA of Rock River Valley begins renovations to the historic Log Lodge that sits in front of the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA along the Rock River. The Y is investing $130,000 into the Log Lodge due in large part from a donation from the Kjellstrom Foundation. This is considered phase one of the renovations and will include remodeled bathrooms and upgrading the kitchen to suit catering needs.

The Log Lodge has been in operation since 1947. It was the first building to be constructed for the Y in Rockford and cost $55,000. All of the logs were brought down from Wisconsin and Canada, and were hand selected by local architects.

It started a place for men and boys to gather and run programs. Through the years it has evolved as a place for the community to gather and create lasting memories. It has hosted numerous weddings, baby showers, birthdays and graduation celebrations. Today, this historical building is home to more than 200 retired men and women who meet weekly, host events, fundraise, and spend time together listening to music, fishing, playing pool and cards, and more. 

The renovations are expected to be completed in 60 days. Upon completion, the Y will embark on a $350,000 “Friends of the Log Lodge” campaign to completely restore the cabin. The next phase will include opening the lodge to the river and adding a recreational rental space for bikes and other river walk amenities.

Watch the WREX-TV story on the renovations here:  https://youtu.be/2fIeQz7OCP0

If you would like to support Friends of the Log Lodge, please contact the Y's Mission Advancement office at 779-500-0800 or give online here.