For Immediate Release
November 19, 2011
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today officially re-opened Boston Centers for Youth and Families’ (BCYF) Curtis Hall Community Center, a now state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Jamaica Plain.
“We now have a facility we can all be proud of,” said Mayor Menino. “This renovation will create more opportunities for everyone in Jamaica Plain from seniors who can come here to socialize and exercise to young people who can learn and play here.”
Hundreds of community residents, and elected and city officials attended the celebration which included building tours, membership sign-ups, activities for children, swimming and more. Speakers at the event included Mayor Menino, BCYF Executive Director and Boston’s Chief of Human Services Daphne Griffin, Capital Construction Deputy Joe Mulligan, local resident and Center Council Chair Kerry Costello and senior Irene Desharnais.
Renovations to the center took over a year. The cost, including Phase I work done the previous year to the pool and lockers rooms, was $6 million dollars. The work included renovated staff office spaces, bathrooms, a new roof, new boilers and controls, HVAC work, and electrical and plumbing upgrades. The center also now has an enhanced teen center, expanded computer lab, and a new kitchen in the senior center. There were extensive renovations to the gym, and a brand new dance studio. The Community Center’s existing Fitness Center was enhanced by a complete renovation of the gym including a fully renovated, elevated walking-track around the periphery of the refurbished gym.
“This new and improved center will allow us to offer many more programs and activities that support the needs of Jamaica Plain’s residents,” said Daphne Griffin, Boston’s Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) which oversees the center as well as 34 other facilities. “I encourage you to take a tour, learn what the center has to offer and become a member today.”
Closed since September of 2010, the Mayor included this renovation in the Capital Plan to support reprogramming to bring the 101 year old building more in line with current programming needs. The City of Boston Capital Construction office managed the project. The Architects were from Baker/Wohl Architects the Contractor was GVW.