CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld's proposed east side recreation center will be backed by city funding, the councilman announced Saturday alongside Mayor John Cranley.
"Providing high-quality recreation facilities and programming improves neighborhood quality of life, strengthens public safety, helps stabilize property values, and brings people together," Sittenfeld said in a press release Saturday.
The City of Cincinnati will commit $2 million to the project from this year's budget and an additional $1.5 million from next year's budget.
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Sittenfeld described the rec center proposal as a "line item...which has been unfunded in previous year's budgets."
"Kudos to the community for showing a groundswell of support for this project, and thank you also to Mayor Cranley for getting behind it," he said.
The recreation center would host city recreation clubs and programming, and also serve as an indoor gym for Kilgour Elementary, St. Cecilia, St. Mary's and Hyde Park School, according to the press release.
The center will cost between $6.5 and $7 million, the press release said.
Sittenfeld said the Cambridge Inn Restaurant building, the current structure at the site, "is insufficient for current needs," specifically mentioning ADA standards.
Sittenfeld said the center would serve roughly 10 percent of the city's population.