“If it’s not the best, it’s darn close to it. We have everything the kids need here,” said Alderson as she stood outside the club, which sits on the site of the former Lakota Union School at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, across from the post office.
The youth center is a brick and mortar transformation of the two townships’ love for future generations, said Alderson.
“This club is here because we have a community that cares. We have raised $6.3 million … quite frankly it’s amazing. There is not a community in the state that can do what we’ve done,” she said.
For area youth, which will include students at Lakota Local Schools — the eighth largest school district in Ohio.
Besides a gym and indoor sports, the new center will feature a variety of fun and educational activities and programs as well as a cafe. In the spring, outdoor playground equipment will be installed near an already constructed outdoor basketball court.
The club will also offer community meeting and event spaces for area adults.
The spacious, visually striking, two-story building is also the most visible symbol of a revitalized Olde West Chester business district that lines Cincinnati-Dayton road, just south of the Interstate 75 exchange to West Chester Road.
Alderson said because the new club is so much bigger than the current facility, which serves on average 300 students daily, they can’t yet estimate how many more youngsters and teens will make the center part of their after-school day.
“We just don’t know what all we can do with the club yet,” she said.
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HOW TO HELP
Fundraising continues to cover operations at the new Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.
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