Construction of a new 10,000 square foot sports center will soon begin at Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation.
Here’s more about how community leaders are coming together to keep Erie’s youth off the streets.
Construction of the new sports center could be completed as early as this fall. It will encourage a healthy lifestyle among the city’s youth.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning at Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation for a new sports center.
Several community leaders said the facility could be an anchor for youth in the Erie community.
“It’s symptomatic of people who care. People coming together, community coming together, CEOs, board members, everyone coming together to solve a very complex community problem to build this sports center for the welfare of our children,” said Bishop Dwane Brock, CEO of Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation.
The Erie Police Chief said the center would be a great asset for young people. He said there were plans underway for law enforcement groups like the Police Athletic League to team up with the Eagle’s Nest.
“Bishop Brock has asked us about the potential of bringing PALS into his community here, and that is something we are looking to expand. We have done this in the school district with great success. That’s another possibility,” said Dan Spizarny, police chief for the Erie Police Bureau.
“Individuals need an opportunity to learn all the different trades, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, operators, sheet metal, and we want to be able to use projects like this as a starting point to get them interested in the trades,” said said Donald Crenshaw. , president of Crenshaw Brother Construction.
Another community leader and county councilor said it was a significant investment.
“Hopefully that means a lot of opportunities for young people. A place where they can be safe and do organized activities safely,” said Erie County Councilman Andre Horton.
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Bishop Brock expects construction to be complete by fall 2022. This will give students the opportunity to access the facility at the start of the school year.