August 19, 2006
Some Albemarle County teens have a new place to hang out. It opened Saturday and parents hope it will help kids stay involved in positive activities after school.
Along Hillsboro Lane near Crozet there's a new place for teens to spend their free time. It's called "The Zone," and Saturday evening was it's grand opening.
Inside there are games, a snack bar, and eventually there will even be tutoring available.
Brenda Miller helped make it all happen.
"I hope that it draws all the kids from the area and that they recognize that, 'Hey, this is a place where I can go after school, and my friends will be there, and I can see my friends, I can get some help with homework, or I can just play games and just have some good old-fashioned kid fun,'" explained Miller.
Saturday evening teens listened to music, played games and had some of that good old fashioned fun.
Brook Layne said she was more than excited about the new center.
"For kids our age to have something fun is really big, because nobody does something like this for us," said Layne.
The goal at "the Zone" is to make sure kids have a safe and fun place to spend time.
All summer long local kids helped out with painting and getting the center ready for it's opening.
"One of the keys to the zone is the ownership by the kids," explained Miller. "That's why I had them do the work, and that's why they have different jobs."
The center will be open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and all are welcome.