New rec center to open

Published 10:06 pm Thursday, January 22, 2009

The newly renovated East Suffolk Recreation Center will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday.

City officials said the building, which was the former East Suffolk High School, includes an 8,500-square-foot gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, a computer-filled learning center, a state-of-the-art fitness equipment center, a game room filled with air hockey, foosball, pool tables and interactive videos — and much more.

The center will host morning classes for preschool children, who will have the chance to participate in music, dance and crafts. Senior citizens can enjoy a variety of activities — such as bridge, aerobics and cooking classes — throughout the day.

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The former school was built in approximately 1939, according to a Suffolk press release, which states that the building’s historic use will be highlighted through the preservation of the former principal’s office as a mini-museum.

Mementoes from the school also will be displayed in trophy cases along the hallway, and the East Suffolk High Alumni Association will have a permanent office in the new center.

The city has partnered with the alumni association for Saturday’s inaugural event, which will be held at the school, located at 138 S. 6th St.