Newton Community Center opening their doors Friday

SALISBURY, Md.- A space to learn, connect, and be creative.

The Newton Street Community Center is a place bringing all that and more to Salisbury.

“It’s just pure excitement we are all just so incredibly happy and excited to welcome people to the center,” Rachel Manning, Community Relations Manager for Salisbury, said.

The project has been in the works for a few years now.

And on Friday they will finally be opening it’s doors to the community.

“It was a pretty major undertaking basically had to go in and gut the building, start from scratch and COVID we had some issues with COVID and our contractors being able to get in and get the work completed,” Ron Strickler, Director of Housing and Community Development, said.

When you walk into the center it is filled with light and possibilities.

There’s books, music instruments, classrooms.

The city said it will be a place for all ages to get involved in programs daily, all year round.

This includes summer camps and after school programs.

“We are going to have adult education classes that are offered here from partners like Worwic Community College,” Manning said.

“For the younger kids we’ve got lego club, we’ve got arts and crafts time, board games and then for the older kids we are going to be doing things like poetry readings, open mic night, music recording and podcast recording,” Manning said.

I’m told by opening this center the city hopes to give easier access to neighborhoods and keep kids on the right path to success.

“Instead of people having to try and find a way to get somewhere else for those services, we’re looking to bring those services here,” Manning said.

“When you talk about children and youth, you know it cuts down on drug use, it cuts down on criminal activity in the community, it provides an outlet for people to get together,” Strickler, said.

We are told one of the partnerships they are aiming for is to have Salisbury University students come here to help with homework and studying.

They also will offer GED classes and home buyers education classes.

We are told these programs will free or low cost.

We are told they are still figuring out times, but there will be a schedule.

People can find that on the City’s website.

There will be a grand opening celebration Friday at 2 at the center on Newton Street.

Also, there will be a Juneteenth celebration happening on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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