Boyle Street revitalization project opens to public

The new, one-of-a-kind Boyle Street Community League building has opened. The $42-million facility features a gym, theatre, daycare and social services.

People in Edmonton's inner city are getting their first taste of a one-of-a-kind building designed to help revitalize the area.

The new community league building in the Boyle Street neighbourhood, which in 2006 had the second-lowest household income level in the city at $34,462, was officially opened Friday.

The $42-million facility features a gym, theatre, daycare and social services for people with low incomes.

Boyle Street Community League president Thim Choy, who has lived in the area for decades, said the project will help make the close-knit community even closer.    

"In this neighbourhood, we know one another by name. We're in a rat race society we just go work, come back, eat and sleep that's it. In this neighbourhood I would say this is real right down to earth."

Project volunteer Manon Aubry said the project will also help people work together.

"We're hoping that the new residents and the current residents can all meet here and get to know each other so that they can know that they can live in harmony," she said.

The city contributed $13 million to the project, the Edmonton YMCA $3 million, and the province paid most of the remainder.

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