Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Ward 1 Councilman Joe Jones, Public Works Director Michael Cox, Judge Charles L. Patton Jr. and President & CEO of Harvard Community Services Center Elaine Gohlstin today hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center (NRRC). The new $15.3 million facility located at 15401 Miles Avenue offers numerous community recreational programs for residents of all ages, including for students at the new John F. Kennedy High School. The City has also improved Frederick Douglass Park, the site on which the new NRRC now sits. View images of the ceremony and the new facility below:
“It has always been my goal to make Cleveland a great city to live, work, play and do business, and facilities like the new Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Center are key to achieving that goal,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Our NRRCs help connect, youth, adults and seniors to vital resources such as center-based employment service, recreational programs, educational advancement opportunities and more.”
The 45,000-square-foot recreation center includes an indoor aquatics facility, a gymnasium, lockers and changing rooms, and an array of recreational and community facilities such as a fitness room, multi-purpose rooms, and classrooms in addition to required lobby/circulation and administrative spaces. Download the NRRC Winter Programs Guide.
The new Frederick Douglass Park, which is subdivided between the City and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, includes renovated and new outdoor recreational facilities. These consist of a football practice/soccer field, two baseball/softball diamonds (currently associated landscaping. The City will also open a Safety Town for children in spring 2022.
“I am excited about the opening of the new Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center” said Councilman Joe Jones. “This facility will accommodate the youth and senior residents of Ward 1 with its state-of-the-art amenities and serve as a hub for communal resources.”
Cleveland’s Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRCs) offer programs beyond traditional sports and recreational activities that provide residents—especially youth and young adults—with access to an array of programs and opportunities that will strengthen neighborhoods as a whole. This is a critical component of the Mayor’s efforts to improve the quality of life for City of Cleveland residents.