Story by Janmarie Foschini
The rain held off on Sat., May 4 for the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Greenwood Lake Community Center, located at 51 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. The Center is the home to the community including the children, teens and organizations.
Mayor Jesse Dwyer kicked-off the ceremony by welcoming and thanking the large crowd that gathered outside. The event was attended by many Village, Town, County and State officials, along with community members, families, and friends.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to support the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Greenwood Lake Community Center. In the few months that it has been open, it has provided countless opportunities for local organizations and has been a home to the kids in our community. I cannot thank the volunteers enough who make it happen and the Greenwood Lake Coalition against Drugs and Alcohol for all of their support in making this a reality,” said Mayor Dwyer.
The Community Center was located at the G.L. Elks Lodge and moved to its new location in October. The new community center was previously home to the G.L. Volunteer Fire Department until the firehouse was built. The Village acquired the former firehouse and made the building into an area for the youth of the community as well as a place to gather for various activities and events for organizations.
The building was renovated to meet the needs of the new center with freshly painted colorful walls, cozy couches, large TVs and more. The Village owned property is exclusively used as a Community Center. Currently, many organizations use it and they are not exclusively Village organizations. These organizations include the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the G.L. Theater.
On Wednesdays in accordance with the school calendar the Community Center is open to the youth. Children eleven and under with an adult are welcome to come from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and youth ages twelve and up are welcome to come from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. During their time
at the Center, children and teens can do their homework, play games such a board games, video games, or make arts and crafts. A ping pong table and basketball courts are also available for use.
This is a supervised place for the youth to come and socialize with friends, have fun and make new friends. Hot meals and snacks are generously provided by either the volunteers, by donations, or supplied from establishments. Stop by and see this wonderful place that has such a positive impact in the Village.
Following the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony volunteers of all ages gathered together and participated in the annual Clean Sweep. Volunteers walked the streets and did a Community Clean Up, picking up any litter they saw. Residents, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, National Junior Honor Society members and their teachers, and families were among some of the many volunteers who helped beautify the community. New Jersey Paddle Boards owned by Micki Lees cleaned the shore lines. All volunteers were treated to a BBQ lunch at the Community Center.