Reopened Andrea McCoy Rec Center provides “beacon” for West End youth

NEW BEDFORD — Years from now, a generation of West End youths may reminisce about their days playing basketball at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center.

“This will be a place where memories are formed, where childhoods will be formed, where adults ultimately will be formed,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said Monday during a ceremony to reopen the community center at 181 Hillman St.

The New Bedford High School boys basketball team joined the ceremony in full uniform. The players shot baskets and ran on the new gymnasium floor for the first time since a fire damaged the building in 2002.

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