Refurbished Centers Open for Use by More than 800 Neighborhood Children

PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today officially dedicated the Riverton Park Study Center after completing extensive renovations. Present at the ribbon cutting were Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings, Mercy Hospital CEO Eileen Skinner, Mike Quirk from Quirk Chevrolet, Portland Press Herald Director of Marketing Pamela Cassidy, Portland Housing Authority Executive Director Mark Adelson, and children from the Riverton neighborhood. The Red Claws, Mercy Hospital’s Best Shot for Youth Program, Quirk Chevrolet and The Portland Press Herald were the major supporters of the project.

The study center at Kennedy Park was also renovated and an open house for the neighborhood will be held at a later date. More than 465 children live in the Riverton Park Portland Housing Authority neighborhood while approximately 350 reside in the Kennedy Park Portland Housing Authority complex.

“Throughout the renovations at both locations, the kids from the neighborhood would stop in and check on the progress, and their excitement was obvious,” Jennings said. “It is important not only to the Red Claws but our partners Mercy Hospital, Quirk Chevrolet and The Portland Press Herald to be a part of our community and give back to children of Maine. Through this project, we hope we have had an impact for years to come as these kids continue to use these centers throughout their school years.”

“These kids deserve a clean, safe and modern place to further their educations, and we are thrilled that we were able to be a part of these much-needed renovations,” said Quirk. “Every child deserves a quality education, and we hope these centers will help these deserving kids succeed in school.”

Construction on the two study centers began in April and was directed by Keeley Construction of Portland. At Riverton Park, the renovations were extensive, turning a rundown, three-bedroom apartment into a clean, modern, well-stocked center, including demolishing an unused kitchen and removing a wall to create one large open space downstairs while removing walls upstairs to turn three bedrooms into a large computer/study area with a smaller room reserved for tutoring. Construction at Kennedy Park included filling in an unused stairway to create much-needed additional floor space, the creation of a large computer work station, and the addition of multiple built-in bookcases. Both centers were painted and received new furnishings, computers and school supplies.

In addition to Mercy Hospital’s Best Shot for Youth Program, Quirk Chevrolet, The Portland Press Herald and the Maine Red Claws, additional support for the project was provided by Ted Tye and National Development, Ken Troubh and NR&C Company, Keeley Construction, Archetype PA, Keeley Electrical Contractors, Darling Plumbing and Heating, Lowe’s Commercial Services, Creative Office Pavilion, Albin, Randall & Bennett, NAACP Youth Council, Troiano Waste Services, and Drummond and Drummond.