Urban Edge receives $500,000 for rec center

The Pittsburgh-based Roy A. Hunt Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life, is donating $500,000 to Urban Edge’s fundraising campaign to build the $21.5 million Jackson Square Recreation Center, according to a press release.

“Thank you to the Roy A. Hunt Foundation for this generous donation, which is so important to the young people of Jackson Square,” said Frank Shea, CEO of Urban Edge, according to the press release.  “It is gratifying to see philanthropic organizations like the Roy A. Hunt Foundation understand how a recreation center will vastly improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for young people living in this neighborhood.”

Urban Edge kicked off a fundraising campaign earlier this year to raise $10 million for the two-story center, which will have a regulation-size ice rink on the first floor, a turf field on the second floor, and academic and social service space.

“Residents of Jackson Square are well aware of what the young people of this neighborhood need to thrive,” said Natacha Dunker, chair of Urban Edge’s Board of Directors, according to the press release. “The Roy A. Hunt Foundation donation puts us one step closer to achieving our goal, and making their vision of a state of the art recreation center a reality.”

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