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$1.25 Million for Bayshore Community Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2000
Press Contact:  
John C. Martin, City Manager, City of Daly City
or Dan Dadoun, Executive Director, Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club
(650) 991-8127
(650) 347-9891
   
STATE LEGISLATORS SPEIER AND SHELLEY
PRESENT $1.25 MILLION 'CHECKS'
FOR BAYSHORE COMMUNITY CENTER
Daly City – Rays of hope were shining brightly on the future $8.5 million Bayshore Community Center this morning as State Senator Jackie Speier and Assemblymember Kevin Shelley presented $750,000 and $500,000 checks, respectively, to the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.

More than 50 people gathered on the grassy hill site at Bayshore Heights Park to view architectural renderings of the proposed community center project. Board President Michael Callagy and Mayor Sal Torres welcomed the attendees and spoke of the long collaboration which has moved the project closer to reality.

The City of Daly City has provided $2 million of seed money toward the three-story, multi-use facility, as well as the land. The Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club plans to operate the Youth Center.

The 31,700 square-foot structure will house a public library, fitness center, gymnasium, youth recreational facilities, and meeting rooms. It will have the capacity to serve 500 to 750 people each day.

"We are here because we believe in our kids. In the end, when we look back at our accomplishments, we are often measured by what we do for our children. The State of California is proud to be part of this commitment, and I'm thrilled to be able to bring home some of your tax dollars, which will help build this dream community center," announced State Senator Speier, a former board director of the National Boys and Girls Club.

"This state-of-the-art facility is going into a community that needs it the absolute most. This center will be the envy of many neighborhoods," noted Assembly Majority Leader Shelley. "It is a project that will produce clear and direct benefits to Bayshore."

Most of the speakers also referred to the special benefits for the youth, acknowl-edging the presence of about 20 children from the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club. The planned Bayshore Community Center, under the direction of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, will provide expanded after-school educational and recreational programs for local youth.

"Unstructured time spent by youngsters can easily turn into destructive time," said Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dan Dadoun. "Simple boredom can turn to unwanted activities. Reports show that more crimes by kids occur between three and six o'clock in the afternoon than at any other time of the day. We want to be pro-active, and provide the children other options by increasing their choices for after-school activities," he explained.

Earlier this year, the City of Daly City conducted a design competition to combine the community's input with professional creative vision for the proposed project. Of the three finalists, EKONA Architecture & Planning of San Francisco was selected as the winner by a 12-member Selection Committee, which included neighborhood advocates, Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club representatives and city staff.

"The project is truly unique and a challenge because the need for this center and the creative vision for the building precede the funding. We are just starting to raise the capital needed, and are determined to do so in two years," commented Mayor Sal Torres.

"We've gone from zero dollars to $3.25 million in record time. We're about $5 million short of our fundraising goal, but we're off to an incredible start," the mayor told the enthusiastic crowd. "Together, we will raise the balance before the 2002 groundbreaking."

Funding for the $8.5 million Bayshore Community Center is dependent upon a variety of potential sources, including public and private grants as well as other fundraising activities. For more information on the project, contact Dan Dadoun, Executive Director of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club at (650) 347-9891, or email: dadoun@best.com.