Jackson Square Recreation Center


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General Description

The Jackson Square Recreation Center (JSRC) will provide the youth and families of this diverse neighborhood with the much-needed and long-promised permanent facility to ice skate, play turf sports, learn, and spend healthy, productive out-of-school time.Urban Edge will build the JSRC, where youth and families will learn to skate, play ice and turf sports, participate in afterschool activities, and build a stronger and more cohesive community, regardless of race or income. The $21.5M facility will provide more than 2,000 area youth and families with essential recreational and educational services each year.

The JSRC’s mission is to combine athletics and academics to help Boston’s youth and families learn, grow, and succeed.   We will achieve this by creating a culture of self-worth and excellence through year-round ice and turf activities paired with academic counseling to prepare youth for success as adults. The JSRC will be a two-story, 74,225 sq. ft., 70 ft. tall facility with a regulation-sized ice rink on the first floor and a turf field on the second floor. Ample, multi-purpose, and flexible space will be reserved for educational program activities, as well as made available to the community for other purposes.

Over the past several years, Urban Edge collaborated with dozens of community organizations, hundreds of residents, and advocacy groups from now-shuttered ice rinks.  The vision for the JSRC came from our community, who have asked for better recreational opportunities for youth in the neighborhood.

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.

Through more than a dozen meetings and forums spread out over two years, Urban Edge facilitated the process for the community to establish goals for the facility and assess demand and feasibility. Stakeholder outreach included residents, state and local agencies, elected officials, dozens of community associations, as well as youth and recreation organizations. The outcome of this process was a promise that the facility will: provide youth-focused, affordable recreation opportunities; be multi-purpose; generate jobs for local youth and neighborhood residents; create a safe, welcoming environment; and be financially stable.

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.