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Multi-million dollar youth community center could come to downtown Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced Tuesday plans for a multi-million dollar youth community center for 2021 at Columbus Park. The project could cost between $4-million to $5-million.

The center, which will feature a gymnasium, community rooms, offices and more, will be worked on in conjunction with the Change Coalition, a group formed by Jamar Johnson after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“This project represents a critical and unprecedented investment in Binghamton’s youth and our City’s future,” Mayor David said a news release.

“A brand new youth and community center in the City’s urban core has the potential to not only improve the outcomes of generations of young people who will grow up in Binghamton with more of the recreational and educational opportunities they deserve, but also transform a key downtown neighborhood," he said.

The city and coalition will work together on potential fundraising and collecting community input on the project and potential programming for the center. Mayor David, the Coalition, and community leaders will meet Wednesday as part of a series of stakeholder meetings. More meetings will be held in the upcoming months.

The Community Foundation for South Central New York will facilitate fundraising for the project. If you wish to donate toward the project, click here.

The project is expected to begin in early 2021, and expected to be complete by the end of that year.

The new center will complement a separate $500,000 park improvement project that will "modernize" the playground and upgrade the picnic area.

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