Youth-Led Initiative Sparks January Opening for Teen Center in Historic Cottagers Corner

Youth-Led Initiative Sparks January Opening for Teen Center in Historic Cottagers Corner

By JAMES KINSELLA

Vineyard teenagers are about to have a solid solution to that perennial complaint that there's nothing to do.

The Island's first teen center in more than 15 years is slated to open in mid-January in the Cottagers Corner building in downtown Oak Bluffs.

Ping-pong, pool tables, computers and lots of couches - that's what the new center is banking on to draw teenagers.

Plans for a YMCA Go to Commission for Formal Review

Plans for a YMCA Go to Commission for Formal Review

By IAN FEIN

Proponents of the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard go before the Martha's Vineyard Commission this week with their plans for a 35,000-square-foot recreational facility behind the skate park in Oak Bluffs.

YMCA officials are hoping to break ground this fall on the community-funded project, which originated roughly five years ago with an effort to build an indoor pool.

YMCA Program Builds Healthy Teen Girls

Free horseback riding, kayaking, ice skating, swimming lessons, African dance classes and tennis lessons. That would sound good to a lot of people on the Island, but it’s being offered to girls 11 to 14 years old.

The program is called ABLE — Adolescent Balanced Living Experience — and it is part of the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. It started last fall and attendance has been growing with each session.

There’s a Place You Can Go: YMCA

Ripples were made for the first time in the brand new YMCA pool on Saturday. Nearly 60 guests were serenaded into the building by the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Minnesingers’ rendition of the Village People’s YMCA, eager after waiting in the hot sun to sign up for summer programs or go for a swim.

With Hope and Solemnity, Teen Center Opens at Y

There’s a fully furnished kitchen, living room, study area, recording studio, performance stage, pool table and sound booth. Not to mention two pinball machines.

The new YMCA’s Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center may sound like a hip downtown apartment building, but it promises to become a hub of teen life on the Vineyard.

After the opening of the center last Saturday afternoon, Island teens now have a place to call their own. Community members young and old gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a safe and fun space.

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