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Kenai Community Center Grand Opening

New community center to open in Soldotna


The new Kenai Community Center is slated for a grand opening in Soldotna on July 30.

Hope Community Resources (Hope) began construction on a new inclusive community center for the Kenai Peninsula in September of 2014. The new 4,500 square-foot recreation center has been funded with partnerships with the State of Alaska (Legislative Grants), the Rasmuson Foundation,  M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, ConocoPhillips Alaska and many community businesses and individuals.

The center has been a dream for local families for several years, stemming from a desire to have an inclusive and accessible gathering place for their family members experiencing disabilities. Since opening for services in Soldotna. Currently Hope serves over 150 individuals and families who live on the peninsula. Growth is expected to continue with a projected rate of 34% over the next four years, thus the need for the new Kenai Community Center.

All program related activity will move to the new building, leaving the old center open for offices, and staff expansion to help support the new programs.

Many of the new and expanded programs will have a focus on healthy living, creativity, and life skills. Some of these include, expanding the art program, cooking classes, exercise classes, and serving as a planning hub for outdoor activities.

The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 30, from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm, at 47202 Princeton Avenue, Soldotna. A tour of the new center will be available, as well as a BBQ, ribbon cutting, and the kick-off of the new Art Program.  The community is invited to attend.

Hope is a non-profit organization providing community support throughout the State of Alaska to over 1,400 families and individuals who experience developmental or intellectual disabilities. Currently, Hope provides services on a statewide basis through regional offices that are located in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Dillingham, Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seward, Barrow and the Kenai Peninsula as well as outlying areas and numerous villages surrounding each region.    

For more information on this program or Hope Community Resources, please visit our website at www.HopeAlaska.org, or our Facebook page at Facebook.com/HopeCommunityResources, or email info@hopealaska.org or call (907) 561-5335.

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