News Release


DATE: November 29, 2007

CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108 


New Gym and Teen Center Offer Activities, Fun, Enrichment

SPRING VALLEY– Between hip hop dance routines and a lively basketball slam dunk contest, the new Spring Valley Gym and Teen Center near La Presa Middle School opened its doors to teens and their families today.

Community leaders, including Second District Supervisor Dianne Jacob, officials from the County Department of Parks and Recreation and members of the La Mesa Spring Valley School District, joined with teens to cut the ceremonial ribbon on the much anticipated facility.

“Spring Valley has been waiting for this day for a long time. This is one of the most dynamic projects we have ever designed, built to enhance the lives of teens and families,” said Supervisor Jacob. “This center will serve as a place for East County residents, especially young people, to connect, play, compete and lead healthy, active lifestyles.”

The 15,860 square foot facility boasts basketball and volleyball courts, a recording studio, counseling and resource center, as well as a multi-purpose room.

Built on land owned by the La Mesa/Spring Valley School District, the $3.9 million project marks the collaborative effort between the County of San Diego, the La Mesa/Spring Valley School District and the County Service Area 128. The La Mesa/Spring Valley School District will share use of the facility with the County.

Teens will be offered an extensive selection of activities and programs, including video production classes, diversity training or outdoor adventure field trips. The public can participate in programs ranging from cheerleading training, basketball or volleyball leagues to dance classes and more.

Also participating in the center’s grand opening were the Spring Valley REC Club and students from Mt. Miguel High School and Monte Vista High School .

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