Magnarelli Center and nearby Field to Receive $350K in Upgrades

Oct 23, 2014

The Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park is one of the busier recreation facilities in Syracuse that’s utilized by Youth and Seniors on the North Side.  Between the gym and an undeveloped green field next to Grant Middle School, residents will have an opportunity to play more basketball games during the cold weather and a soccer field down the road through a $350,000 grant.  Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli secured the funding and says his office received numerous calls for a soccer field.

Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli speaks inside the Magnarelli Center Gymnasium with Mayor Stephanie Miner and others who use the center.
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“So, we're very happy that we're going to redo that field so it's safe to play on and that people will be able to recreate here and play soccer. As the Mayor (Stephanie Miner) said, it's an international sport from the Italians on. By the way, I remember when we won the world cup.” 

The 'young at heart' take in a basketball game following the announcement.
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Inside the Magnarelli Center, the large gymnasium will be split in half with the addition of curtains to create two courts.  The Center is named after the late Armond Magnarelli who served as the Regional Director of the State Parks and Recreation Department and also hosted an Italian Radio Show.

A field in the distance adjacent to Grant Middle School will become a soccer field
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