New Mecca Boys & Girls Clubhouse to Open Friday
MECCA – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials, community leaders and representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley at the grand opening of Mecca’s Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse, in a ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. Friday at 91-391 Avenue 66. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.
“This clubhouse is the jewel of Riverside County’s efforts to revitalize the Mecca community,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “With programs that will equip children for success in life, I’m sure this clubhouse will be an enormously popular facility for the residents of Mecca.”
The 30,636 square-foot clubhouse includes a teen center, cyber café, exercise and weight room, gymnasium, community meeting room, homework center, boxing club and interior courtyard for outdoor activities and outdoor basketball courts. The approximately $7 million project was funded by redevelopment.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley will lease the facility and bring its educational services, recreation and training programs to serve an estimated 1,500 children in the community.
The clubhouse will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during school session and from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during non-school days (winter breaks and summer vacation).
Since 2003, Riverside County has invested $82 million in public works to increase access to public services and revitalize the community of Mecca.
Major improvements already completed include the Family Service Center and Community Health Clinic and Mecca Community Library and Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. A new replacement fire station, Mecca Fire Station #40, is currently under construction and is anticipated to be completed in June 2012.
Also under construction is the five-phase Downtown Street Revitalization Project to build approximately seven miles of street, sidewalk, curb and gutter and street light improvements for fifteen streets within the 1.3-square-mile downtown area. Phases two and three are anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.
A modern roundabout at Fourth Street and Hammond Road is scheduled to begin construction by early summer, following the harvest season.