Jackson Square Recreation Center


General Description

This recreation center will include an ice rink for up to 8 months of the year, and an indoor turf field the rest of the year. The Jackson Square Recreation Center will provide year-round affordable access to recreational and organized ice skating and other sports activities during out-of-school hours. Part of a long-term, grassroots effort to bring a skating rink back to the neighborhood, the indoor recreation center was the result of the efforts of a number of supporting groups, partnering with Urban Edge: Friends of the Kelly Rink, Jamaica Plain NDC, Hyde Square Task Force, and TCB/Mitchell Properties.

Located near the Jackson Square MBTA Orange Line station and within walking distance of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and surrounding areas, the facility is expected to serve 2,000 youth and 1,000 adults, at an average cost of less than $7 per week per person. It will be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) under a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

With the overall design nearing completion, Urban Edge is in the process of assembling all necessary financing to move forward with development. Urban Edge plans to submit an application for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant to remediate contaminated soils on the site of the future Jackson Square Recreation Center. A copy of the draft proposal, including the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA), is available for public review at Urban Edge’s office, located at 1542 Columbus Avenue, in Roxbury, MA, between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

The Jackson Square Recreation Center Capital Campaign

The two-story, 50,000 square feet Jackson Square Recreation Center will have a regulation-size ice rink on the first floor and a turf field of equivalent size on the second floor. Additionally, the facility will have activity space for neighborhood activities.

The project will cost $21 million in total to complete, and we know that the young people and families of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain are worth it. The good news is that Urban Edge is already more than halfway towards meeting that fundraising goal. $11 million has already been committed to the project, through state and federal resources. But it is critical that this community not lose those resources, which is why we need support now.

The vision for the Jackson Square Recreation Center came from the community itself, who asked for better recreational opportunities for young people in the neighborhood, especially during the winter. And the demand is there. The nearby outdoor Kelly Rink, a temporary structure, attracts thousands of users from the community every year.