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For Immediate Release
Contact : (212) 306-3322
Date: March 06, 2003

Castle Hill Houses Community Center Gets New Gymnasium

The New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA) Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx celebrated the opening of its newly expanded Community Center at 625 Castle Hill Avenue, at the corner of Randolph Avenue, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

The larger Center features a new third-floor gymnasium built on top of the existing two-story building. The added 11,700 square-foot area also contains spectator seating, a conference room, and office space. The gymnasium can also be used as a multi-purpose room. Built at a cost of $4.65 million, the expansion, which took three years to complete also features a new double-height skylighted entrance lobby with a new elevator.

"This much needed expansion of an already busy community center adds to its versatility and importance to this Bronx neighborhood," NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez said. "By using the existing Center as a base for the new gymnasium, NYCHA's Design and Capital Improvement Department creatively solved the logistical challenge of where to locate a new gymnasium," he noted.

The non-profit organization, Pathways For Youth (PFY), Inc. operates Castle Hill Community Center. It includes a Senior Center that is staffed weekdays and provides breakfast and lunch in addition to arts and crafts, painting, ceramics, computer literacy, fitness programs, sewing, pool/billiards and bingo. An estimated 175 seniors participate daily.

The Center also has youth programs operating daily and has over 800 young people, 6 to 17-years-old, enrolled. In addition to athletic programs, the Center features educational programs including tutorial services, remedial studies, career exploration, cultural arts, computer training, Partners in Reading, ASPIRE (After School Program for Interaction, Recreation and Education), Boy Scout Explorers and entrepreneurial programs.

Castle Hill Houses, completed November 30, 1960, consists of 14 buildings, 12 and 20-stories tall, with 2,025 apartments housing an estimated 5,421 residents. Olmstead, Havemeyer, LaCombe and Cincinnatus Avenues border the 41.35-acre complex.