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City approves new East Albany Boys & Girls Club

Paula Mackelburg, Director of Organizational Development Paula Mackelburg, Director of Organizational Development
Marvin Laster, Asst Chief Professional Officer Marvin Laster, Asst Chief Professional Officer
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

  A new Boys & Girls Club is coming to East Albany.

 City commissioners officially approved a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany to renovate Thornton Gym.
 The expansion will include a pool, game room, and learning center.
 Officials say they made a promise to re-open a club on the Eastside after the old club closed in July of last year.

"This partnership that we just agreed to in principle with the city of Albany is going to allow us to live up to that promise to make sure that we continue to add value service to the youth of East Albany and the youth of Albany,” said Marvin Laster, Asst. Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.


"The partnership between the city of Albany and the Boys & Girls Club is just a model for many clubs across the state to follow,” said Paula Mackelburg, Director of Organizational Development of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

 The renovations will be paid for with sales tax revenue and should be finished next summer.

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