GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The South Greenville Recreation Center is one step away from re-opening after closing in October 2015 for major renovations, including ripping out walls and adding air conditioning.
Some community members hope the center will reduce crime.
“People think — well you don’t want to put a facility like this in a low-income neighborhood — but I think it is a perfect place,” said Lamarco Morrison, Greenville Recreation and Parks planner.
She hopes everyone uses the new space.
“When people see this gym, people from all over Greenville are going to want to come play basketball,” Morrison said. “They are going to come work out and lift weights here.”
The $3 million project started in October 2015.
The facility is not only used for fun but for after-school programs and gym classes for South Greenville Elementary School.
“We’ve landscaped the area (and) put up a new playground three years ago,” Morrison said. “This is a totally completed project.”
There are no membership fees, and community members hope it reduces crime in the area.
“Kids like to be in the gym and playing basketball and stuff,” said Adah Kato-Hughes, community member. “It will make them want to be over there and not be out all the time.”
Morrison said she wants people to take advantage of the center and live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
The center’s grand opening will be Saturday at 10 a.m.