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YMCA Demolition Makes Way for New Boys & Girls Club Facility

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Reno city officials are making way for the new Boys & Girls Club facility on Foster Drive.

Wednesday, Mayor Bob Cashell helped demolish part of the old YMCA building. A new 50,000 square foot facility will now be built on that site.

"It's been a real eyesore and a headache and The Boys and Girls Club came forward and the city worked with them and the Pennington Foundation and all the other foundations made this happen," said Cashell.

The new William N. Pennington facility will help serve up an additional 3,000 to 4,000 area at-risk youth annually, an increase of about 25%.

"Within one mile, about 2,600 kids that would be our age," said Mike Wurm of The Boys and Girls Club. Within three miles, about 26,000 kids, so there is a real huge need. We have had a cry for service in this area for a number of years."

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows originally tried to purchase the building when the YMCA closed six years ago. It raised $3.5 million and received another $9 million donation to build the new center. However, the club still needs about $1.5 million to fully complete the project.

The facility will offer kids art classes, tutoring and the opportunity to play in sports leagues.

The facility is scheduled to be completed by summer 2014.

For more information, call 775-331-KIDS or visit www.BGCTM.org

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