For Immediate Release
December 10, 2011
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today officially launched the new “BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park,” a re-purposed facility that will allow Boston Center’s for Youth & Families’ Recreation Division to expand and enhance its current program offerings as well as to develop new initiatives to improve the quality and accessibility of recreation, sports and fitness programs citywide in community centers and in the neighborhoods.
“This is all about individuals and organizations from across the city coming together to improve people’s lives,” said Mayor Menino. “Madison Park is going to be a great conveyor for youth sports in our city, and I am looking forward to seeing the programs and activities that are going to come out of here that really help people.”
The Recreation Center, which is shared space with Madison Park High School, features two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, football field, dance studio, tennis courts, teen center, running track, a workshop training room and other spaces. There is also an unused rowing tank that will be repaired and put into use.
“This is an outstanding facility for our BCYF Recreation Division staff to create and incubate new youth sports programs as well as a wonderful facility to welcome partners and their programs and training opportunities,” said Daphne Griffin, BCYF Executive Director and Boston’s Chief of Human Services.
On Saturday, visitors had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that represent the types of programs the center will offer including a family fitness program “healthy Kids, healthy Futures” operated by Northeastern University, a youth sports coaches training taught by CHAMPS Boston, a high school basketball clinic led by Pointguard College, learn to swim and water safety activities provided by Boston Elite Swim Team (BEST), a soccer clinic by the New England Revolution Player Development Academy and more. In addition, the Boston Celtics “Community Crew” was on hand renovating the dance studio and teen center.
BCYF partner, Northeastern University, opened up their Saturday Open Gym program to attendees of the Center Launch. “healthy Kids, healthy Futures,” which operates a Saturday Open Gym program, aims to prevent childhood obesity where young children live, learn, and play. Partnering with Children’s Hospital Boston, and ABCD Headstart, the program provides education and training in the neighborhoods of Fenway, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Lower Roxbury with the cornerstone being the Saturday Open Gym free play program for Boston families with young children.
“Partnerships like this, between the city, and healthcare and higher education institutions, draw on the strengths of each to provide quality services for families,” Bob Gittens, Northeastern’s VP of Public Affairs. ““healthy Kids, healthy Futures” makes use of city facilities like the BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park, the clinical expertise of Children’s Hospital Boston, and the student volunteers at Northeastern to addressing childhood obesity.”