Sunday, January 10, 2010

From CM Graham on recreation opportunity

This from Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham (posted on the U Street Yahoo Group January 8, 2010):
Dear Friends:
Yesterday, the District of Columbia purchased the Mary & Daniel Loughran Clubhouse No. 10 at 14th and Clifton Streets, NW.   The Department of Parks and Recreation will soon request proposals from community groups to operate programs there.   In the interim, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington will manage programs and the facility.
A special appreciation goes to Mayor Fenty and Chairman Gray for their leadership in bringing this about.
I have authored $1 million in funding in two separate years to support programs and capital improvements at No. 10.   Last year, I authored the $750,000 which is being used to keep programs running during the transition period.   I also assembled a working group of advocates, the No. 10 Parents Association, Linda Edmundson, Denise Credle, Hanif Hill and others to get $20 million to include No. 10 and Eastern Branch in the city's purchase of three clubs.
Clubhouse No. 10 has offered recreational and mentoring programs for over 30 years.   Alumni have gone on to play in the NBA and NFL, start businesses and lead very productive lives.   I am pleased this tradition will be continued.   This is a major victory for the Columbia Heights neighborhood and all of Ward One.
Bests, Councilmember Jim Graham

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