Classic Community Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 BronxWorks hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Classic Community Center at 286 E 156th Street to welcome the center into our network of services. The event was attended by about 50 people, including community members, tenant association leaders, and representatives from City Harvest, the New York Police Department, the New York City Housing Authority, and the New York City Department of Youth and Development.

BronxWorks officially assumed responsibility of the Classic Community Center on January 2nd. The center, previously known as the Melrose Community Center serves the Jackson, Melrose, and Morrisania Air Rights NYCHA complexes and has been a cultural, recreational, and educational hub since its opening in 2001.

The 20,000 square foot center contains a large gym and rooms that can be used for meetings, workshops, or small-scale social activities. The center has held numerous public events, including a Bronx Town Hall meeting on community safety and police accountability last spring.

Since BronxWorks officially assumed responsibility of the center, we have continued in the tradition of using the center to unite the community, launching the 2014 C-Ball Basketball Tournament designed to bring together elected officials, community leaders, and prominent individuals from each of the borough’s 12 community boards; continuing a healthy food access partnership with City Harvest; and revitalizing a gardening project that involves area residents. BronxWorks plans to add programs that target youth, working age adults, and seniors.

“We are very excited about adding the Classic Community Center to our network of services and locations.” says BronxWorks Interim Executive Director Eileen Torres. The center is the second Cornerstone Initiative location to be operated by BronxWorks, with the first being the Betances Community Center, which serves the Betances, Courtlandt, and E. Roberts Moore NYCHA complexes.

BronxWorks Interim Executive Director Eileen Torres (second from left) cuts ribbon with tenant leaders and others at the Classic Community Center

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