HSTF youth leader Francisco Fernandez campaigns for the
recreation center at Jackson Square T-Station on the Orange Line.
Youth leaders at Hyde Square Task Force kicked off the “Where’s the Love for Urban Youth” Campaign several months ago to advocate for the $21 million Jackson Square Recreation Center. Urban Edge has stepped up to develop this facility but there is still a significant funding gap.
Over the past two decades the state of Massachusetts shut down two indoor regulation-size ice skating rinks: the Melnea Cass Rink in Roxbury and the Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain. These two facilities were never replaced.
Teens have researched this issue through a social justice lens to examine how recreational facilities are distributed throughout Boston neighborhoods, the health needs of families in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, and income inequality in the City.
Today’s Boston Globe article will bring you up-to-date on the campaign.
Next, youth plan to meet with Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and ask them to make this issue a priority and demonstrate the leadership to get this facility built – FINALLY.
Read the Boston Globe’s article here.