Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Coalition Teen Center has a new home! The Teen Center is now located at 51 Waterstone Rd., in what was previously the Greenwood Lake Firehouse, which has since moved to a new location.
Prior to moving their location, teen nights were hosted at the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge. The coordinators and volunteers at the teen center extend their gratitude and thanks to the Elks Lodge for opening their doors and allowing the center to use their space weekly.
An open house was held on Wed., Oct. 3 to celebrate the grand opening of the teen center and their beautiful new location. The center has been completely renovated with bright and colorful paint on the walls, cozy couches, colorful tables, a large TV and more.
New faces and old were there to share in the celebration with pizza and cupcakes that were served to all the attendees. Mayor Jesse Dwyer is extremely proud of this community and all the efforts given to this project.
“The hard work and dedication to our community’s youth came together last week. There are far too many organizations and people to thank for the opening of the new Teen Center at the Village-owned firehouse building last week, but it would not have happened without the following: The Village Board in Greenwood Lake and their commitment to ensuring our kids have a safe and healthy environment to grow up within the community; the G.L. Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol, the sponsors of the Center; our grounds team led by Ed Bilello; the young ladies from Girl Scout Troop 427 for making this project their Silver Award – Samantha Toscano, Riley Persico, Emma Sorace, and Daniella Persad; the countless volunteers and people who donated items to the center; and of course, it would not have been possible without the dedication of our Center Coordinator, Chris VanVooren. Thank you so much to everyone involved. Your dedication and hard work is an investment into this community that will have a profound impact for generations to come,” said Mayor Dwyer.
Chirs VanVooren said, “There are so many people to thank I wouldn’t even know where to start. Greenwood Lake is one of the most generous, tight-knit communities anyone could ever ask for. Volunteering for my community has greatly improved my life.”
The teen center is open every Wednesday for ages 11 and under (note that a parent or Guardian must stay) from 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. for 12 and up. The center follows the school calendar; if school is closed they are closed.
Each week approximately 50 kids come by and participate in fun activities such as ping pong, video games and board games. The facility has an art center, tables to do homework, and a basketball court is in the process of being built. Kids can enjoy food and drinks while spending time with friends and making new ones.
If any local restaurant is interested in donating food on Wednesdays, call Center Coordinator Chris Van Vooren at 325-6935 or the Village Hall at 477-9215.