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For Immediate Release
Contact : (212) 306-3322
Date: March 31, 2003

Major Renovation of Parkside Houses Community Center

A $1.67 million renovation of the New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA) Parkside Houses Community Center at 2972 Bronx Park East in the Bronx debuted at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

The completely remodeled 5,000 sq.-ft.-center, designed by architect Boris Slusarev of NYCHA's Design Department, consists of a large multi-purpose room with an adjacent kitchen, library/computer room, game room, reading room, and an arts and crafts studio complete with a kiln.

A staff of five NYCHA employees plus a part-time employee who handles food services and a caretaker operate the center. Programs at the center include Partners in Reading, homework help, arts and crafts, computer training and sports recreation. The staff also plans a wide variety of trips and cultural events for residents.

"Our community centers are the focal points for our public housing neighborhoods. They create a caring by the residents for their surroundings and instill pride among neighbors that uplifts the entire area," NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez said. "These centers improve the community through programs that provide education, recreation and cultural activities for everyone."

Parkside Houses, in the Bronxdale section, consists of 14 buildings, 6, 7, 14 and 15-stories tall. Completed June 12, 1951, the 11.14-acres complex has 879 apartments housing about 1,826 residents. Bronx Park East, White Plains Road and Adee and Arnow Avenues border the development.