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Officials Break Ground on Murrieta Youth Center

A year from now, city officials aim to hold a dedication and grand opening ceremony for Phase 1 of the Murrieta Youth Center.

The Murrieta Youth Center is becoming reality, more than a decade after three acres near California Oaks Sports Park were purchased to serve as its future site.

City and school district officials gathered Wednesday morning to officially break ground on Phase 1 of the project. Construction funding came from developer impact fees designated for parks and/or community centers. The Youth Center was following a spring workshop.

"The facility itself addresses a Parks Master Plan need, which is to provide more activities for the youth in the area, it increases the quality of life for its citizens," said Murrieta Mayor Doug McAllister.

He pointed out that the Youth Center, also known as the Teen Center, is centrally located within the city and is conveniently next to and

In an email to Patch, McAllister provided a timeline that led to Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony:

  • In April 1999, city council authorized staff to enter into escrow for the purchase of the Youth Center property;
  • In October 2006, city council authorized staff to enter into an agreement with WLC Architects to design the project;
  • In May, city council awarded a $3.17-million construction contract to Keeton Construction for Phase 1 of the Youth Center;
  • In summer 2013, a dedication and grand opening will take place for facility; and
  • Phase 2 will include a gymnasium and exercise/weight room and funding is needed to the tune of $2 million. (No timeline just yet.)

McAllister added that the facility provides the city's youth "the opportunity to engage in fun, supervised activities with their peers while acting as a good alternative to going home to an empty house or idle activities after school."

It also allows the city’s Youth Advisory Committee "the opportunity to collect the opinions of the local teens about what they'd like to see happen in their town and community at a central forum," he said.

"The teen center reflects the city's commitment to see to it that no matter how large we get, we always protect that 'small town' feel—for all segments of our population," McAllister said.

Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
So really excited about this!
Adriana Barrera Bradley July 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Super excited!
Harvey Mushman July 26, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Wonderful job by all. Our children deserve the very best!
Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 27, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Mr. Mushman ... our City Council is trying to do just that!
AFR July 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I'm super excited our city is breaking ground on something that isn't another strip mall with a nail salon, pizza joint, and Carl's Jr. or Del Taco in it. They didn't have to break ground on anything. 75% of our business buildings in Murrieta are vacant. Why couldn't they use the Dixieline building since they are the next to be going out of business? Big Al could use that rent money, especially all the hell the city of Murrieta put that guy through to open the Orchards a couple years ago! Yeah team economic development! Bruce Coleman is definitely worth the $13,000+ a month that we pay him. Keep up the good work Murrieta!

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