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9/18/2012 4:25:00 PM
Rec-N-Crew donates flooring to Rec Center

Marty Bachman

BLYTHE - The Blythe City Council accepted a donation of $10,435 in flooring materials purchased by the Rec-N-Crew, a local non-profit organization formed to provide assistance to the city's recreation department and the Joe Wine Rec Center.

"With the budget issues the city has been facing and the threat of the Recreation Center closing, a group of community members wanted to do something to help," city manager's assistant Mallory Sutterfield wrote in a staff report to the council at their Sept. 11 meeting. "They formed the Rec-N-Crew with the goal of raising money to purchase items for the Joe Wine Blythe Recreation Center the city's budget no longer supported."

After the meeting, Blythe Mayor Oscar Galvan said that volunteers would remove the old carpeting and install new tile and paint to help rehab the center.

Everything is being done by local people and being bought locally," Galvan said.

Sutterfield's staff report states that the city gave the Rec-N-Crew a wish list of items the center needed but were not budgeted for.

"The first item on the list was new flooring for the main building," Sutterfield wrote. The current flooring is very worn and stained indoor/outdoor carpet. The center has the carpet professionally cleaned once or twice each year. With the amount of foot traffic in and out of the center, mostly kids who are prone to spilling, flooring which can be mopped ad swept daily would be ideal and also cut out the cost of professional cleaning."

Sutterfield's report also stated that the Rec-N-Crew would donate a commercial-grade laminate-type floor as well as providing supplies and painting the main room of the center.

Galvan said volunteers who have and are continuing to hold fund-raisers for the city's rec programs and rec center lead the Rec-N-Crew. They recently held a creativity contest for kids who submitted drawings to the board, which judged them and awarded ribbons to participants, with the top five artists winning a bicycle. They have a golf tournament planned for Sept. 29 and a country and western fund-raiser dance scheduled for October. The group also plans to raffle a pair of Dodger tickets that were donated as well as four tickets to see George Lopez at the Bluewater in December.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Article comment by: Albert Albanez

Now that's awesome.

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