20 recreation centers to extend night hours

Effort made to keep teens off streets, mayor says

August 13, 2002|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that he would extend the evening hours at 20 city recreation centers in an effort to keep teen-agers off the street and out of trouble.

During a news conference at Tench Tilghman Recreation Center at 600 N. Patterson Park Ave., O'Malley and acting parks Director Kimberley Amprey said the selected centers would close at 10 p.m., instead of 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.

The northern district will have six sites, the central district will have nine, and the southern district will have five. "The whole idea here is providing opportunities for youths to prevent youth violence," O'Malley said.

The centers will open two or four hours later, so the extended night hours won't cost the city extra money, O'Malley said.

He also thanked Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for a recent $980,000 grant that will allow the city to rebuild nine playgrounds.

The playgrounds are: Atlantic Ave. Playground, at 2304 Atlantic Ave.; Bentalou Elementary, at 220 N. Bentalou St.; Brehms Lane Elementary, at 3536 Brehms Lane; Calvin Rodwell Elementary, at 3501 Hillsdale Road; Dallas F. Nicholas Elementary, at 201 E. 21st St.; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, at 3750 Greenspring Ave.; Janney Street Playground, at 140 N. Janney St.; Leith Walk Elementary, at 1235 Sherwood Ave.; and North Bend Elementary, at 181 N. Bend Road.

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