Space at Civic Center equipped for games, movies
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”A new drop-in center in the Maple Park Civic Center needs parent volunteers before it can become a place for youths to gather for games and movies.
The youth drop-in center, located on the second floor of the Civic Center, is equipped with a pool table, a foosball table, an air hockey game and a movie screening room.
Creating the youth drop-in center was Police Chief Mike Acosta’s idea. He wanted the village to have a safe place for youths to spend their leisure time that also would promote goodwill between them and police, whose offices are adjacent to the youth drop-in center.
Village officials have supported Acosta in this effort.
â€œThis is what our community needs, another place to go do something,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said during Monday’s Village Board meeting.
For the space, trustee Terry Borg donated a couch and trustee Suzanne Fahnestock contributed a desk. Village resident Russ Trainor donated the pool table.
Acosta said his goal is to have the youth drop-in center be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m.
â€œWe hope to open it in the next couple of weeks,â€ Acosta said Monday. â€œIt just needs volunteers.â€
Parent volunteers do not need to supervise an entire shift, but may sign up to help for one or two hours, Acosta said.
To volunteer as a parent supervisor for the youth drop-in center, call Acosta at (815) 827-3286.
The center will be open for certain age groups at specific hours, so that the youths there are close in age.
Photo: Samantha and Sky Martin try out the new air hockey table at the youth drop-in center, set to open soon in the Civic
Center in Maple Park. Courtesy Photo