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Renovation may create recreation jobs in Boston

Posted on August 8, 2017

The renovation of a community center may create more recreation jobs in Boston.

The BCYF Paris Street Community Center has reopened following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This $12 million, two-year renovation highlights Boston’s $55 million Capital Plan investments in BCYF projects since 2016.

“For over 100 years this center has been the heart of the community — and now it’s ready to serve East Boston residents for another 100 years,” said Mayor Walsh. “This renovation is a great example of how we’re enhancing our community spaces to meet the changing needs and populations of our residents. I look forward to residents enjoying all the facilities this center has to offer.”

The renovation of the center includes interior upgrades of all mechanical systems and boilers, window replacements, exterior and interior door replacements, athletic facility improvements, teledata upgrades and new furniture and equipment.

Among the new features are a new teen center, a dance studio, a community room, new exercise spaces, a rock climbing wall, and an entire new floor of programming space.

Technology improvements include a computer lab with 26 computers, wifi throughout the building and large screen TVs. A batting cage was also installed thanks to a partnership with the Red Sox Foundation and the Major League Baseball Foundation.