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Mayor Douglas B. England

Mayor's Youth Advisory Task Force

To address the familiar teenage refrain of "There's nothing to do," the Mayor's Youth Advisory Task Force was formed in 1993. Comprised of teenagers from all parts of the city, it was charged with addressing the educational, social, and recreational needs of the city's teenage population. Given a small budget that they could use as they wished, the students visited and surveyed other southern Indiana communities on the offerings of various teen programs and then styled one of their own based on their research.

Currently, the task force is studying the reuse of a vacant downtown structure for a teen recreation center that would offer dances, various other entertainment, and space for educational pursuits.

Contact: Office of the Mayor, (812) 948-5333

S. Ellen Jones Elementary School Project

Recognizing that an inner-city neighborhood of New Albany with a population in excess of 5,000 had no access to park and recreation space, the Mayor, the Departments of Redevelopment, Parks and Recreation, and the School Corporation are combining efforts to develop a neighborhood park at an elementary school which will be retained and expanded. Included in the project will be a learning center where children can study urban issues in an outdoor environment.

Contact: Office of the Mayor, (812) 948-5333

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