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Recreation Zone
by Patty Sullivan
Recreation Program Coordinator
Boulder City Parks & Recreation Department

Celebrate Ten Years of Success With Us!
It seems like just yesterday, so it’s hard to believe the Boulder City Youth Center is celebrating its tenth year in operation. The whole town is invited to share in its success with an Open House celebration on May 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Youth Center at 801 Adams Boulevard.

The facility, which is open to young people ages 11 – 18, offers billiards, air hockey, foosball and ping pong, a theater room and more. All of these amenities will be open to the public at the Open House. Special activities for the day include a 60 ft. obstacle course, inflated boxing ring and jump house. At 11 a.m., Parks and Recreation Director Roger Hall will kick off the festivities with lunch being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carnival games will run from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The entire event is free, thanks to the support of Boulder City residents, merchants and organizations who value the role the Youth Center plays in our community.

The Federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention identifies that after school programming is one of the most proactive measures a community can take to prevent juvenile delinquency. The Youth Center was established with strong community support as it was recognized that Middle School and High School young people needed a safe, supervised environment to spend after school hours before parents get home from work.

Originally housed in the Grace Community Church, the Youth Center was established in 1997 with great success. When space became available at Adams Boulevard Community Park, the Youth Center moved to this ideal location directly across the street from Garrett Middle School. Today, the Youth Center services an average of approximately 40 kids per day and offers a variety of field trips and specialized activities. The Youth Center participation level has grown tremendously, with much of this success due to the incredible staff.

With the Youth Center since the beginning, Coordinator Debbie Barth has 26 years of experience working with kids. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys playing Wallyball, bike riding, playing pool, scrapbooking, movies, and surfing the Internet. No wonder the kids love her so much, she’s a big kid herself. Yet, she has a gentle way of keeping the kids in line. The kids think that Assistant Coordinator Sean Trodahl is the greatest, and he is. Sean has been with the Youth Center for six years and has been an exceptional role model for the kids. While he’s been working for the Youth Center, he has earned dual degrees at UNLV. He is a wonderful example for the kids in how to balance school, work and good times.

For more information about the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department, call 294-0335.

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