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Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Council President David A. Salvatore Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Center on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 1:00 PM



Providence, RI (February 28, 2018)… Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and City Council President David A. Salvatore are pleased to announce the opening of The Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Center (RFK Rec Center). The new recreation center is located at 195 Nelson Street in Providence (inside the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School).  A Grand Opening celebration will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 1:00 pm.


The RFK Rec Center continues a partnership with the Providence Schools in which the Recreation Department uses existing space in a school for programming. Because of this partnership, students who attend RFK Elementary will not need to be bussed to another location for programming, but will only need to walk down the hall, making the rec center experience more accessible to our students.  The Recreation Department will offer both morning and afternoon recreation opportunities for students of RFK Elementary. 


“I’m thrilled that our partners in the Recreation Department have made Ward 14 a priority,” stated City Council President David A. Salvatore. “The services that the Rec Center will provide the families of RFK Elementary are invaluable.  With opportunities for students beginning before the first bell rings and long after dismissal, the recreation program will become an essential part of these students lives.”


“Recreation centers add to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods as places where the entire community can come together for family-friendly activities,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Providence children deserve access to safe and inviting places where they can make friends, have fun and be active when they are out of the classroom. I’m pleased to have worked with my colleagues in the City Council to offer families in Ward 14 a center to enjoy.”


RFK Rec Center runs Monday-Friday, with morning recreation from 6:30 am until 9:00 am and afternoon recreation beginning at dismal until 5:30 pm for RFK students.  Programming includes breakfast/dinner, sports, and homework help amongst other programs.  The Rec Center is also open to other members of the Ward 14 community beginning at 6: 00 pm until 9:00 pm Monday-Friday, and 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on Saturdays with similar programming.  The RFK Rec Center acting director is Michael Holland Sr.


For more information, please contact the City Council office at 401-521-7477.


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Immediately following speaking program there will be a ribbon cutting which will include speakers and members of the RFK Elementary student body.