Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Groundbreaking Of New Mecca Boys and Girls Clubhouse
MECCA – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials, community leaders, and representatives of the Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley (BGCOFCV) at the groundbreaking of the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse, in a ceremony to be held in Mecca on Monday, April 12 at 3:30 PM. The site is located at 91-391 Avenue 66, adjacent to the Mecca Family Service Center and Community Health Clinic and across the street from the Mecca Library and Sheriff Substation.
“This new clubhouse will be an outstanding resource for the Mecca community, especially with its young population,” said Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Providing computer access and a safe environment for children to study and learn teamwork will equip them for success in life.”
The 30,636 square-foot clubhouse will enable the BGCOFCV organization to bring their many programs and services to children in the area. The BGCOFCV has clubhouses in Coachella, Indio and La Quinta, and will soon be operating the Desert Hot Springs facility.
“We’re looking forward to serving the youth and families of Mecca and the surrounding area,” says Quinton Egson, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley. “ This clubhouse will benefit the youth and the entire community, offering an exciting and safe place for kids to learn, socialize and have fun.”
The Clubhouse will include a teen center, cyber café, exercise and weight room, gymnasium, community meeting room, homework center, boxing ring, and interior courtyard for outdoor activities and outdoor basketball courts. The design of the facility will incorporate many features detailed in the Mecca Design Guidelines such as Spanish roof tiles, decorative paving, covered walkways, and lush but drought-tolerant landscaping. Funded by $6,203,450 in redevelopment monies, the project is expected to be completed in April 2011.