The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is set to convert the multi-sport arena into an all-season field house.
The renovated facility will provide increased year-round space for after-school programming and offer evening and weekend use by the Greenwich community, including local basketball and lacrosse leagues.
The central mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is to provide after-school programs for under-served children.
Demand for the Club’s offerings is high. Daily attendance averages 320 children throughout the year.
The Board of Directors recently led a study to re-evaluate space use within the Club with the goal of improving service to core constituents.
Built 10 years ago as part of a $15 million capital improvement campaign that expanded the Club’s overall space by 20,000 square feet, the multi-sport arena served as a flexible space in the spring and summer and an ice rink during the fall and winter.
The Field House will allow the Club to offer more targeted athletic and fitness programs to members throughout the year.
It will require selected capital improvements, for which the board is prepared to fund raise, to provide an indoor turf field, an enhanced playing surface and other additions such as netting that will provide a broad range of uses for Club members as well as the community.
Chief Executive Officer Bobby Walker expressed his enthusiasm for this change.
“In the building’s current configuration, there simply isn’t enough space to provide the range of programs we want to offer our Club kids after school in order to fulfill our mission,” Walker said. “By creating the Field House we can simultaneously expand the range of sports and fitness programs we offer and use other spaces in the building to add new offerings in arts and culture, leadership training and other areas.”