Tricia Meltser helps her son Lucas, on the balance beam, during the open house at JCC Valley Sports and Community Center open house.
Photo by John Fitts
By John Fitts
Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center formally welcomed the community during an open house on Sunday afternoon.
“We’re having a great turnout from the community,” facility director Elana MacGilpin said as a steady stream of people came through the doors. “Everyone seems excited to be here.”
The day included numerous activities such as a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and the Canton Chamber of Commerce, open play basketball, baseball hitting instruction with Canton High School JV coach Mike Scott, Mini Stars Soccer for ages 1 to 5, kids yoga, story times, a family boot camp and much more – all as a preview for the center’s programs, many of which officially begin later this week.
“The Canton Chamber of Commerce is honored that such an organization as the Mandell JCC has woven Canton Chamber of Commerce membership into its plan to reach the Farmington Valley and beyond,” Mike D’Apice, Immediate Past President of the chamber, said. “May this new year and every year bring everything that is best to this sports and community center, its staff and every neighbor who chooses to participate in their programming.”
The West-Hartford based JCC (Jewish Community Center) recently took over the 310 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) facility, former home to Valley Sports Center, founded and operated by Canton resident Mark Lange for approximately four years.
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