Community Development Block Grant
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Anaheim, CA - Mayor Tom Daly

Downtown Anaheim Community Center

The Downtown Anaheim Community Center, built on land owned by the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency and located directly northeast of City Hall, was created to serve a wide range of needs through its senior center, art gallery, youth sports facilities, legal aid offices and meeting rooms for community groups. Officially opened in November 1998, the Community Center is the culmination of 10 years of painstaking community processes which gathered input from, and reached consensus among, a diverse cross-section of community interests.

The $8.5 million project was funded primarily by CDBG, with additional funds from the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency, Park Developer Fees, the State of California, and an Orange County Urban Park Grant. Private sector and resident donations provided the funds to furnish the facility and purchase equipment. Community members were given an opportunity to support the project by purchasing engraved "recognition tiles." Each of these tiles commemorates a contribution of $2,000 or more.

The new facility replaces the City's aging George Washington Community Center, which provided space for numerous community groups and a temporary headquarters for the Anaheim Boxing Club. The Center includes Anaheim's first City-owned gymnasium, which serves as home to youth and adult programs offered by the City, the Anaheim Family YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Club. The 42,000-square-foot center is divided into a Community Center/Senior Center (31,800 square feet) and a Gymnasium/Youth Center (10,200 square feet). The Community Services Department, which is responsible for operating the facility, estimates the Center will serve 30,000 young people, 8,000 families and 14,000 seniors per year.

The design of the Community Center incorporates traditional materials such as wood and stone, resulting in a public building which is beautiful and functional and reminiscent of California Craftsman designs from the turn of the century. The Assembly Hall has a soaring natural wood ceiling with exposed beams of Alaskan yellow cedar. A 20-foot-high fireplace in the senior wing is made of river rock from the local area. The entire complex is accented with columns covered by Chinese slate.

Contact: Elisa Stipkovich, Executive Director, Community Development, (714) 765-4313

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