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Wednesday, Jun 04 2014 12:37 PM

'First Look': Boys & Girls Clubs to break ground at 'The Backyard'

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    Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Executive Director Zane Smith and media adviser Maggie Cushine revealed plans for converting the 22,000-square-foot lot behind into a community area for its youth center on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

After almost two decades, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County will have a new backyard.

"The Backyard" will be behind the Armstrong Youth Center at 801 Niles St. and will break ground on Friday.

Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Executive Director Zane Smith and Maggie Cushine, media adviser, revealed plans for converting the 22,000-square-foot lot into a community area for its youth center.

The club received a $384,000 grant from Wells Fargo to purchase the land, Cushine said.

"Our 200 kids are excited about thier new backyard," Smith said.

Once grass, trees and a walking path are put in, kids will be able to play kickball and dodge-ball, watch outdoor movies and enjoy nature.

The club is still looking for volunteers to help add benches, a water fountain and other ideas the kids come up with, Smith said.

To donate or for more information, call 325-3730.

 

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