GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - After a million-dollar makeover, a Grand Rapids recreation center will reopen Tuesday.
The renovated Paul I. Phillips Recreation Center closed in 2009 but is now the city's newest Boys & Girls Club.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at 726 Madison Ave. SE, followed by tours of the facility in which people can view all of the changes.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth partnered with the city on this project to be able to serve more children in the area.
Organizers say more than a million dollars were spent on repairs and upgrades to improve the recreation center on the city's southeast side -- bringing it up-to-date and allowing a better space for programs for kids and teens, everything from career development to health and fitness.
The Paul I. Phillips Recreation Center is named for a prominent Grand Rapids leader, noted as the first African American citizen elected to office in 1951 to the Grand Rapids Charter Commission, and in 1962 as the first African American elected to the Grand Rapids Board of Education.
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