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Vare Recreation Center closed

October 17, 2017

Vare Recreation Center, 2600 Morris St., in South Philadelphia, has been closed since Friday and will not reopen in the foreseeable future, according to the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Since last Friday, the center has been shut down due to serious concerns about the structural integrity of the 100-year-old building. The decision was made to close Vare after information was received from a structural engineering firm hired by the Parks and Rec department to evaluate the facility.

“The extensive capital improvement needs at Vare Recreation Center underscore the immediate need for Rebuild,” said Mayor Jim Kenny in a statement. “Vare is one of our city’s most active recreation centers and a critical resource in an extremely underserved community.”

Vare amenities include a pool, a sports field, two ball fields and two basketball courts. The outdoor spaces, including the playground and ball fields will remain open and accessible.

Additionally, Vare staff are working to relocate many of the youth and adult programs to alternative sites within the Parks and Rec system. Parents are also being notified of the scheduling and location changes.

“Through Rebuild, we will be addressing decades under investment in our parks, recreation centers and libraries,” added Kenney. “Instead of being forced to deal with situations like Vare, our neighborhoods will have thriving facilities that will serve Philadelphians for generations to come.”

The Rebuild program aims to improve parks, recreation centers and libraries. It is among the initiatives funded by the sugary drink tax that was passed by city council last year.