By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Giving young people a place to play and stay safe is the purpose of the newly renovated Christy Rec Center. Eyewitness News was in West Philadelphia for the ribbon-cutting to celebrate the refurbished basketball courts.

There’s also a one-of-a-kind e-sports room, in addition to many other programs and activities for kids to enjoy.

West Philadelphia's Christy Rec Center Undergoes Renovations

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Officials say a safe place to play is needed now more than ever.

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“Now more than ever, young people need safe outlets for recreation,” Kathryn Ott Lovell, the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, said. “And the new e-sports room and basketball courts here, let them have fun, in a secure place, with caring adult mentors.”

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The renovations are part of an effort to welcome older children into the West Philly rec center.