Renovated War Memorial Recreation Center Wins 2009 Build New England Award
The Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center & Field House project designed by HMFH architects was named a winner of the 2009 Build New England Award. Construction to renovate this late 1950’s era building included improving and updating building systems, providing universal accessibility and revamping the layout of the locker rooms, restrooms, classrooms and administrative offices. Cambridge city officials hosted a grand reopening ceremony for the newly refurbished facility in January.
“The newly renovated Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center, which serves all age levels, is a most important asset in our community,” said Cambridge Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi, who also oversees Capital Projects for the city. “City leaders have worked diligently on this project since the mid 1990’s. Under the direction of City Manager Robert W. Healy, we were able to secure a $9 million state grant to offset the cost to taxpayers. The facility is extremely popular with residents, and also serves as a memorial to those who dedicated their lives to protecting our country. We were very pleased with the end result and are now very honored to be receiving this recognition for our team’s excellent work.”
The 78,000 square foot facility located at 1640 Cambridge Street houses three pools, a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a multipurpose room and separate locker room facilities for school and public use. The 26,000 square foot field house adjacent to the War Memorial includes basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, plus an indoor running track.
The City of Cambridge Recreation Division offers a variety of programming and clinics for youth and adults, including tennis, volleyball, aqua aerobics and swim instruction, karate, volleyball, laido, Zumba and more. The War Memorial facility was originally named in honor of the Cambridge men and women who were killed in action in service to our country and city, from the Revolutionary War through the present.
The War Memorial Recreation Center is one of four municipal buildings that have opened this year, all of which utilize green building technologies. For more information or a copy of the fall 2009 War Memorial Recreation booklet, call 617-349-6237 or click on Recreation booklet for a pdf version.