Long Closed Rec Center Expected to Reopen Soon

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When the Cummings Rec Center in South Oak Cliff shut down, it was supposed to be for a few months.

“The community has been without the services of this recreation center for almost three years,” Dallas city council member Dwaine Caraway said.

The city got rid of the first contractor.

“It was always a great place for the kids to go to and have fun and have fun and have a place of safety, and we really don’t have that so much anymore” neighbor Deidria Redic said.

With the center closed and nobody around, vandals tore up the place, and tore out copper wiring. The whole project went $200k over budget!

But finally, things are finally taking shape. Residents will be able to get in shape with treadmills, ellipticals, dumbbells and weight machines, and a basketball court with bleachers.

There are also meeting rooms, computer labs and a commercial-style kitchen.

“It’ll be good for the kids in the neighborhood. Give ’em something to do, places to go,” neighbor Lonnie Ray Johnson said.

“I hope that it will bring us closer together and have the kids be more united,” Redic said.

“Great things are worth waiting for, but we shouldn’t have had to wait this long for this,” Caraway said.

The wait’s not quite over. The Cummings Center should be open by September.

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