New Niagara Community Center opens its doors to youth in Niagara Falls

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A new athletic and educational facility called ‘The Niagara’ has officially opened it’s doors in Niagara Falls.

The 21 thousand square foot facility with 50 foot high ceilings has been years in the making. More than $2.5 million made the new Niagara Community Center a reality.

City officials came together today for the Niagara’s official ribbon cutting.

The project is a collaboration of the Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School, the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, Niagara University, and the Police Athletic League.

The Niagara is on 66th Street right at the Junior Senior High School. It will offer several youth programs focused in education, leadership, health, the arts, and sports.

The Center has a multi-sport surface for tennis, cheerleading, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and other sports. It will serve more than 500 kids.

Gary Hall is responsible for spearheading the project and said it was made possible by several contractors, engineers and other workers who did things many things for free.

“I grew up as a boy in Niagara Falls I would’ve dreamt to of had a place like this. We want it to be a safe place, a place for kids to come and do the right things after school. With Niagara University’s involvement and their educators the hope is to be working with the children with tutoring and help them with literacy,” said Gary Hall, Niagara Community Center Board Chairman.

The Niagara Community Center Board is trying to raise $1.7 million to build a mezzanine level with a track around the center. They also want to use that money to build a computer lab and a music studio.

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