The City of Glendale and Partners in Action (PIA), a 30-year-old Phoenix non-profit dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable populations, officially unveiled the newly renovated Glendale Community Center, 5401 W. Ocotillo Road, April 13, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The day’s events included remarks from Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Councilmember Jamie Aldama, Fiesta Bowl officials, and PIA, as well as an appearance by the Fiesta Bowl mascot, Spirit. Tours of the Glendale Community Center were given after the ceremony.
PIA took over management of the center last summer to deliver after-school enrichment programs and activities for the neighborhood’s at-risk youth. After being awarded a $100,000 grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities last fall, PIA began undertaking the first part of a multi-phased renovation project to modernize the 33-year-old center, which was in need of physical improvements in order to function as a comfortable and safe gathering place for the community’s youth.
“It’s wonderful to see Partners in Action and Fiesta Bowl Charities team up with the city to make this an even better gathering place for the Heart of Glendale Neighborhood and the greater Glendale community,” Aldama said.
The center is free and open during the school year, Monday through Friday, after school until 7 p.m., and all day during the summer. On any given day, approximately 125 kids attend and receive homework assistance, play games and sports, enjoy arts and crafts and other organized skill-building activities.
The renovation included adding a computer room, art room, and remodeling the dance room. In addition, the facility received all new flooring and paint and an updated reception area. Future improvements plan to address more teen programming and expanded sports opportunities for area youth.