Thursday, June 9, 2022

Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center to reopen in Lyttonsville

The Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Road in Lyttonsville will reopen to the public this coming Monday, June 13, 2022. It has been used as an emergency shelter during the pandemic, a loss of a community facility that was highly controversial. The Long Branch Community Recreation Center suffered a similar fate at the expense of residents, who lost access to a building they pay to operate with their tax dollars.

A special Welcome Back Movie Night Festival is scheduled to formally celebrate the reopening. It will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 7 – 10 PM, and include a screening of the film, Encanto. There will be activities for the entire family including music, food, a live Encanto character, Father's Day drum circle, Juneteenth Freedom Day Table, and a "TikTok Dance Booth." The movie screening will begin at dusk, around 8:45 PM.

“The reopening makes it possible for the center to once again be a place for young people, families, and older adults to spend their leisure time,” Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley said in a statement. “We have been working behind the scenes to have a facility that where we can offer high-quality recreation programming for everyone.”

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