Cosmo’s Team for a Better West New York to Bring a Community Recreation Center Back to West New York
The Property They are Planning to Use is the Vacant Lot Located on Broadway Between 64th and 65th Street, Currently Owned by the State of New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey – March 16, 2023 – The West New York Forward Team, comprised of Commissioner Cosmo A. Cirillo Ph.D., Commissioner Margarita Guzman, Assemblywoman Angelica M. Jimenez, Walter Lopez, and Hiram Gonzalez plan to bring back a state-of-the-art community recreation center to West New York when they win in May.
For decades, West New York has gone without a formal recreation center for community members to meet at and engage in extracurricular activities. The West New York Forward Team has plans to bring a sense of community and comradery back to WNY with a brand new state-of-the-art recreation center for all age groups. At this present time, most indoor recreational activities throughout town take place inside of schools and are only available when the School District gives permission. This does not lead to a strong recreation system that allows community members to participate in activities that would foster growth.
The West New York Forward Team led by Cirillo has plans to build an all new state-of-the-art recreation center in the vacant lot owned by the State of New Jersey located at 64th Street and Broadway. Their vision includes a place where children and teenagers can go after school hours to participate in athletic activities, learn new computer skills, immerse themselves in activities and programming that will benefit their physical and mental well-being. The project will also include multiple levels of much needed parking to help alleviate the parking and congestion issues faced by our residents on a daily basis.
“A new recreation center would bring new life to the Town of West New York. Having grown up going to the Recreation Center that previously existed, I understand the important role it plays within our community.” said Cirillo. “Through our comprehensive plan, we will work with the State to acquire this property, and turn it into a place that our residents can go to to enhance their lives. My West New York Forward Team has a vision for our already great town that will bring it to new heights. We will never see an available property like this again in town and this is a golden opportunity to build a beautiful multilevel structure with plenty of parking for the community included.”
Cirillo and his team also want to provide adults and seniors with access to fitness classes, English as a second language courses to advance their education, community resources, and an array of other programs. The West New York Forward Team will fund the recreation center through grant opportunities that are currently available through federal funding and the State of New Jersey; in addition to the repurposing of funds, finding cost-effective strategies that will save the residents of West New York millions of dollars. Their goal is to keep the children of West New York off the streets, provide all community members access to beneficial activities, and facilitate healthy comradery amongst residents of the town.