Construction is complete on the new Admiral Oaks Boys & Girls Club in Annapolis. The renovation, which started in November 2009, gives the community greater resources including a larger Club, an updated facility, space for a pool table and games room, and even a SMART board for the learning center. Prior to the renovation the Club was operating out of two separate basement apartments with a very limited capacity.
“The renovations to the neighborhood and the Club give the residents a sense of pride” says Program Director at Admiral Oaks, Caleb Wolf. “Everyone is definitely excited and it shows that the Boys & Girls Clubs are here to stay. I think the sense of community at Admiral Oaks is really growing with the Club at its core” says Wolf.
“At a time like this the increase in the facility is sorely needed to give the members a safe and secure place to play” adds Hank Libby a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Almost 20 years ago the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) created the initial Admiral Oaks Club space with a modest rehab of two basement apartments. And now, with help of the state and other local organizations, CPDC embraced the opportunity to build out the additional space for the Club. “The goal is to get as many of the 181 local youth into the Club and serve as many as we can there” commented Michael Pitchford, CEO & President of CPDC.
The public is invited to the Grand Opening ceremony on June 24th, at 10:00 a.m. to hear more about the project from Michael Pitchford from CPDC and Reginald Broddie, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. In addition to the official ribbon cutting there will special guests from the community as well as a dedication of the Club Technology Lab.