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PHOTOS: Redone Moorestown Rec Center Reopens

The Church Street Recreation Center reopened Saturday following the holiday parade—with help from Live Civilly and MoorArts—after being closed for renovations.

The Church Street Recreation Center celebrated its grand reopening this past weekend. Credit: Rob Scott
The Church Street Recreation Center celebrated its grand reopening this past weekend. Credit: Rob Scott

Provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation

On a blustery Saturday that ushered in the holiday season, hundreds of Moorestown residents made their way from the annual Lions Club Holiday Parade to the Church Street Recreation Center for the MoorArts annual Holiday Arts Festival to view wonderful artistic expressions from local youth. Residents also made a special trip to get a sneak peak at the newly renovated recreation center.

On the first floor, the refurbished lobby hosted a food drive and awareness campaign by Live Civilly, while in the renovated gym the Moorestown High School Pep Band entertained the crowd with popular and holiday selections.

As residents made their way upstairs to the third floor, art lovers were met with screen after screen of beautiful pieces of art fashioned by Moorestown students. Additionally, musical selections were performed by solo artists, MoorArts theater students, and choral performers. 

While young and old alike made holiday art crafts and nibbled on food, Mayor Stacey Jordan and other members of township council greeted the crowd and thanked everyone for their support. The mayor was very excited about showing off the newly renovated spaces and talked about how important the revival of the Church Street Rec is to the township. 

By offering a centerpiece facility for recreation, the township is not only able to offer programs in its own space, but it's able to meet the needs of many Moorestown residents in a variety of ways. The building offers meeting and gathering spaces on the third floor and an open gym program for youth, as well as an academic assistance program offered in partnership with Live Civilly, and more.

The Church Street Recreation Center has been a tremendous asset to the Moorestown community for many years. And now, with the renovations and updates made to the facility—including ADA-compliant bathrooms, new floors, updated mechanicals and energy saving-modifications—the rec center has revitalized itself so it can better meet the needs of the community it serves. 

For more information about the Church Street Recreation Center, watch Moorestown Patch for weekly blog posts about programs and specific offerings. Additionally, for registration information for recreation programs, visit www.moorestownrec.com

Happy Holidays!

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