Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

History of the 29th Street Community Center

The 29th Street Community Center is a story of hope and renewal.

In 2011, what was then the Barclay Recreation Center at 300 E. 29th St., next door to the Barclay School, was closed by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. After years of underuse, what had once been a thriving community space was little more than a dilapidated building.

With the steadfast support of community residents and other stakeholders, Strong City Baltimore proposed restoring and reopening the center. The city agreed and gave us the keys. In 2013, the fully renovated building reopened as the 29th Street Community Center. The facility, once again brimming with life, is a safe and vibrant space that offers high-quality, low-cost daily programming – 70 percent of it community-led – to more than 450 adults and children every week.

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