Contact Title:
Contact Name:
Virgil Goehl
701 N 8th Street
Quincy, IL 62306
Phone Number:
(217) 228-1705

Quincy, IL
Community Outreach

Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex


To provide the youth and families of the City of Quincy and surrounding areas with a quality public swimming and recreational facility, particularly those of diminished socio-economic means.


In 1997, under the vision of generosity and goodwill of the late Bill Black, the Jackson–Lincoln Swimming Complex was created. Mr. Black felt it was his civic duty to do something to improve the quality of life of Quincy’s northwest neighborhoods. An ardent boater, Bill had noticed for years that minority and other disadvantaged youth of the northwest side would swim in Quinsippi Bay or the dangerous waters of the Mississippi River because of the lack of access to a public swimming facility. As he neared the end of a generous and productive life, Bill Black proposed a public swimming facility on the sight of the former Jackson School at Eighth & College, ownership of the property which had previously been transferred to the City of Quincy. The swimming complex officially opened on August 2, 1997. Thanks to Bill Black’s generosity and the efforts of other generous Quincyans, the facility consists of a large swimming pool with diving well, a fine wading pool for young children, shower and concession facilities and a filter house. The complex is leased to the Jackson–Lincoln Swimming Complex, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that staffs the pool on a seasonal basis. The Jackson–Lincoln Swimming Complex primarily raises over 95% of its funds on a yearly basis to operate the facility and continues to try and grow its endowment at the Quincy Area Community Foundation in order to become a sustainable piece of the community.


GOALS & OBJECTIVES: To generate private funding to cover the cost of operation of the pool. To enhance the overall aesthetic quality of the Jackson–Lincoln Swimming Complex through the improvement of the facility. Provide recreational and employment opportunities to the neighborhood youth. FINANCES: The Jackson–Lincoln Swimming Complex has traditionally received its funding from a private donations campaign as well as private foundation gifts.GOVERNANCE & STAFFING: The Jackson–Lincoln Swimming Complex, Inc. is governed by an 11-member board of directors and employs around 12-13 individuals in the summer.  The JLSC has an executive director who oversees the financial and day-to-day operations of the swimming complex. A Community Development Program Coordinator provides additional administrative and fundraising support.