The City of Cleveland Division of Recreation today announced the return of its Cleveland Nights Extended Hours Program, an initiative designed to offer the City’s young people a safe space during evening hours. Eight Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRC) will host the program from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays. The 2019 program runs from June 19 to Aug. 10.
Participating NRRC include Earle B. Turner, Thurgood Marshall, Fairfax, Michael Zone, Lonnie Burten, Zelma George, Cudell and Glenville. Programming includes organized basketball or other team sport games; game room activities; open computer labs; open swim for all ages; open weight/fitness room for adults or youth accompanied by parent/guardian; and open life-skills dialogue sessions. Along with center instructors and volunteers, the Cleveland Division of Police and members of the Peace Makers Alliance will be on-site throughout the evening.
The program is part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults’ efforts to address youth violence as a public health issue. In 2019, Mayor Jackson rebranded the City’s 22 recreation centers to Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers which now offer enhanced intergenerational programming and resources that more holistically meet the needs of residents, especially youth and young adults. To learn more about the NRRC programs, visit http://www.clevelandohio.gov/pioyya or call the Division of Recreation at (216) 664-3987.