Evergreen Center Expands, Adds Youth Services

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COLONIA — Mayor John E. McCormac and Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher Rafano will participate in the official Ribbon-Cutting and Re-Opening ceremony for the new Youth Center at Evergreen in Colonia Friday afternoon.

The Evergreen Center has long been Woodbridge Township’s premier gathering location for senior residents.  The facility has now been expanded and updated for after school and evening use by Middle School students and young people.  Funded by a $350,000 grant from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the entire building has been retrofitted into a multi-purpose community center and recreation facility that will offer activities for middle school teens while keeping the center dedicated to the senior residents who have supported it for years.

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The “Youth Center at Evergreen” is a “safe and secure” location for young people that accommodates multiple uses such as a teen social center, a computer learning center equipped with WiFi and the latest on-line games and activities, and community rooms that will house study areas for seminars, programs and events.

The Youth Center sports a comfortable lounge where teens can play video games, shoot pool, play ping pong, or just gather to talk and catch-up on the events and happenings of the day.  The Youth Center also has access to the gym for basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, shuffle board, and 4-square.

Over time, the Youth Center at Evergreen will develop and offer educational, study and instructional programs on weekends.  The Youth and Senior Center will partner for special events and programs such as shared holiday dances and the already successful “adopt-a-grandparent” program.

The Youth Center at Evergreen provides activities and events for Middle School students (school ID required for entry) every weekday afternoon and evenings, such as themed dances and interactive games.


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