Trenton’s West Ward Recreation Center Celebrates Grand Reopening

**Highly Anticipated Reopening of West Ward Recreation Center Celebrated with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony**

August 25, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – After an extensive five-year renovation, the West Ward Recreation Center was joyously reopened on Thursday, August 24th. The City of Trenton marked the occasion with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony, accompanied by captivating performances from the talented students of the Sprout University School of Performing Arts. Additionally, three thrilling basketball games were held in honor of Kobe Bryant Day, commemorating the legendary athlete, at the newly restored Center. The much-awaited reopening was met with enthusiasm and excitement from the community.

Mayor Reed Gusciora expressed his gratitude for the funding received from the County and the State, allowing for the successful renovation of the recreation center. He emphasized, “Many of you remember the floors were peeling and this facility’s deplorable condition was not representative of the great Capital City that we all love.” With the implementation of the grant funding, the West Ward Recreation Center has undergone a remarkable transformation.

The revitalized Center now boasts an array of new and improved amenities. These include a state-of-the-art teaching lab, equipped for media production and acting, as well as t-shirt printing facilities. Additionally, a modern computer lab, a fully functional kitchen, new offices and restrooms, a laundry area, and a newly refurbished gym floor have been incorporated. Notably, the gym floor has been adorned in purple and gold, paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. The basketball courts have also been equipped with brand-new rims and nets, enhancing the overall playing experience.

Councilwoman Teska Frisby, who represents the West Ward of Trenton, expressed her pride and determination to showcase the city’s greatness. She stated, “Princeton, Robbinsville, Lawrence, they are not the Capital City. We are and we’re going to show up that way, look that way, and we’re going to honor it that way.” The revitalization of the West Ward Recreation Center exemplifies the city’s dedication to providing its residents with first-class facilities.

The West Ward Recreation Center has always been a popular destination, offering a full-sized basketball court. Its extensive programming, available five days a week, caters to diverse age groups. These programs include a highly sought-after afterschool program, basketball clinics, homework assistance, financial literacy workshops, STEM and Arts programs, as well as engaging summer camps. The Center’s operating hours accommodate children aged 6-12 from 3-6 p.m., while teenagers aged 13-18 are welcome from 6-8 p.m. The Center is even actively exploring the addition of Saturday programming, further enriching the experiences of the youth.

The reopening of the West Ward Recreation Center serves as a testament to the City of Trenton’s commitment to its residents. The facility not only provides a space for physical activity but also encourages personal development and education. The revamped Center stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity for the community, offering a platform for individuals of all ages to thrive and succeed.

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