Crown Heights Celebrates Opening of New Community Rec Center
The Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center is now open in Crown Heights, offering health, fitness, and sports amenities for youth and adults
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The center also includes office space for nonprofit organizations that serve the community. Services provided by these organizations include science and technology classes for underserved youth, LGBT support services, Caribbean arts and culture programming, and anti-violence counseling.
As part of the larger Major Owens Center project, there will also be 415 units of housing, 60 percent of which will be affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers, as well as a 25,000-square-foot health center to be run by Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center expected to be completed by 2023.
The center was named after former U.S. House of Representative, Major Robert Odell Owens, who, in 2008, envisioned a future for the armory as a full-time community center for Crown Heights residents.
“The Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Center is rooted in the community and is for the community,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “NYCEDC and our partners worked hard to deliver a recreational center that captured former Congressman Major Owens’ vision, a place where people of all ages, all walks of life and from different communities could come together and have access to critical services and programming that open doors to opportunity. Now, children, families and seniors can benefit from this center for years to come and be inspired when they walk inside.”
Main photo: The ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center
Courtesy New York City Economic Development Corporation