For Immediate Release
July 29, 2013
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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The BCYF Archdale Community Center in Roslindale was officially renamed the BCYF Thomas M. Menino Community Center. As a City Councilor, Mayor Menino was instrumental in pushing for funding in the City’s Capital Plan to reopen the Archdale Community Center in 1991 after it had been closed for 16 years.
“I want to thank you for naming this center in my honor, I’m very grateful and deeply humbled,” Mayor Menino said. “But this isn’t about me. It’s about all of you, because it was this community that brought the Archdale back and made sure it stayed special.”
Hundreds of community residents, and elected and city officials attended the celebration which also served as the official reopening of the center which has been under renovation since December of 2012. Nearly $1 million dollars has gone into the renovation which included a new gym floor, painting throughout, new roof, HVAC upgrades, installation of a rock wall and more.
“This Community Center embodies Mayor Menino’s leadership over the last 20 years – making thoughtful and meaningful investments in every neighborhood and creating opportunities for every resident,” said Daphne Griffin, Boston’s Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of BCYF which oversees the center as well as 34 other facilities. “Mayor Menino’s advocacy for this center to become that place where children and youth fulfill their unlimited potential is a legacy that continues today.”
The Archdale Community Center opened in 1973 but closed six months later due to mismanagement, staffing issues and security problems. BCYF Menino Center Administrative Coordinator, Cynthia Johnson, was president of the Archdale Tenants Task Force at the time and spoke at the dedication.
“Councilor Menino spent so much time with us and taught us how the process worked and how to create a plan,” said Johnson. “Once we had a plan, he went to the city council and pushed them to allocate the funding to renovate and reopen the center. We are forever grateful”
Members of the community center summer program wrote a poem for the occasion and read it at the event, presenting a framed copy to the Mayor after.
This is the second BCYF facility this year to undergo a renovation in Roslindale. The BCYF Flaherty Pool opened earlier this month after a nine-month, $5.4 million dollar renovation.