City of Newark reopens JFK Recreation Center

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originally published: 09/12/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) — On September 12, 2022, the City of Newark reopened the JFK Recreation Center, having received its first renovation since the 1980s. The center is located at 211 West Kinney Street in the city’s Central District, with the entrance on Howard Street.

The remodel includes new bathrooms, a new entrance to the gym, new basketball courts, the city’s first indoor running track, a boxing ring, a technology room, cardio equipment, weight training equipment and a community/multipurpose room.

“The JFK Recreation Center is one of Newark’s largest public recreation facilities, serving our entire city,” Mayor Baraka said in a statement. “With this remodel, we will provide Newark with a higher quality of healthy activities and expanded services for the entire community. I would like to thank the Department of Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Senior Services, the Department of engineering and Brahma Construction for bringing this renovation to the finish line.”

City of Newark reopens JFK Recreation Center

The construction company was Brahma Construction Corp. of Wayne, and the cost of the project was $2.9 million.

Former director of the Department of Leisure, Cultural Affairs and Elder Services Patrick Council oversaw this project before being elected as a member of South Ward Council. “I am thrilled that we are able to return value to our community for many generations to enjoy,” the Council of Council members said. “I look forward to seeing our residents enjoy the facility.”

City of Newark reopens JFK Recreation Center

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Opened in 1968, the JFK Center was originally built with an ice rink, which was transformed into the largest outdoor/indoor swimming pool in the state, the first built at Olympic size. The roof of the pool, built on wheels, allows use in all weathers. In 2002, the facility hosted several American Youth Games events, which brought together teams aged 15 to 18 from cities across the country to compete in a variety of sporting events.

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