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New Cambridge Youth Center on Huron Ave

New Youth Center on Huron Avenue

New Youth Center on Huron Avenue

New Cambridge Youth Center  When my coworker and I drove by 680 Huron Ave – the VFW post across from Fresh Pond – we marveled at the dramatic renovation.  Sure seemed like an expensive redo for the VFW.

Turns out it’s the new Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell Youth and Community Center.  It was completed this June and programs began at the youth center in July.  Features of the new facility include:

  • Full size gym with an NCAA sized basketball court
  • Fitness room
  • Teaching kitchen
  • 20 station computer learning and homework center
  • Performance room with stage
  • Arts and crafts room
  • Community meeting room
  • Open lounge areas
The center is named for Sheila Doyle Russell, former Cambridge mayor and advocate for youth.

The center is named for Sheila Doyle Russell, former Cambridge mayor and advocate for youth.

Sure doesn’t resemble the youth center of my teens!  That building, now condos actually, was old, dark and unrenovated.  Its biggest claim to fame were the foosball tables.  And the lack of lights.

There’s a Dedication Ceremony for the new West Cambridge youth center scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2009 from 6 to 8 pm.  At the ceremony you’ll get a chance to view the permanent art installation by Michael Oatman, The Cantabridgians.  Oatman created video portraits of 23 West Cambridge residents that can be viewed on three large monitors on the second floor.  I remember seeing a flyer in Armando’s seeking subjects for the videos so it will be fun to see how it turned out.

The new West Cambridge Youth Center is located at 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138.

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