Designed to serve families living in what was once Orange County’s most troubled neighborhood, the new $2.45 million Buena Clinton Youth & Family Center is now set to receive honors for its exterior design.
On Friday the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) will present the City with the organization’s 2010 Award of Excellence in Facility Design.
Representatives from the City’s Community Services Department will be at the 2011 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference in Sacramento to accept the award
“The Buena Clinton Youth & Family Center is the neighborhood’s centerpiece, both for its structural beauty and for what it adds to the community’s quality-of-life,” commented Garden Grove Community Services Director Kim Huy, who will be in the state capitol to receive the award.
Completed in June 2010, the new, two-story, 6,600 square-foot facility replaced a 20’ x 40’ trailer from which the center had operated over the last seven years.
The building features a multi-purpose room for homework clubs and day camps; a teen center with large screen televisions, ping-pong table, and iMac computers; classrooms for counseling, case management, workshops, and training; and an outdoor full-court basketball/sport area.
Funding for the project came from a $2.45 million Murray-Hayden Urban Parks and Youth Service state grant, awarded in 2004.
Other funding sources included a portion of a $15,000 grant from Ameriquest Mortgage Company.
CPRS is a 4,000-member organization representing 525 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state.
The Buena Clinton Youth & Family Center is located at 12661 Sunswept Ave. in the southeast corner of the city.
For more information, call (714) 741-5200.