The recreation center in Francisville looks like a fairly standard playground at first glance. There’s a swing set, a basketball court and a play set shaped like a train. However, the center is more than that, as it brings the surrounding community together.
Located at 737 Francis St., the center is free to the community and offers an after-school program for children year round, an aquatics program during the summer and a baseball league during June and July. The center also offers a six-week camp for children during the summer, which includes a trip to Dorney Park. The Francisville Basketball Association, which offers leagues for four different age groups, will begin its 15th season at the center in June.
While the activities are the center’s primary selling points, it also offers specialty support groups, such as a Narcotics Anonymous group. Beyond that, the center offers a place for residents to be a part of the community, John Jackson, an 18-year resident of Francisville, said.
“When it’s open, something is always actively taking place, people are always here,” Jackson said. “They have affairs for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, everything. Kids are always playing here when it’s open.”
“It would be a complete null and void [if the center was no longer part of the community],” Jackson added. “I would say it would be like taking the Comcast Center out from downtown. Where would those people go to? There would be no place to meet up.”