Yates Cultural & Recreational Resources gets $500,000 to continue improvements at North Main Street recreation complex in Penn Yan

Yates Cultural & Recreational Resources, Inc. (YCRR) was awarded a $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the construction of a new recreation complex that will be located at the Yates Community Center at 467 North Main St.

This grant is a portion of the 2017 New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative for State investment and economic development. This was the second application submitted by the organization, and YCRR leadership credits the efforts of a committee of volunteers for much of the work, according to Board President Katie Peterson and Executive Director Pam Griffith Worth.

“The Yates Community Center would not have received this grant without their extensive volunteer efforts,” says Worth, thanking Penn Yan Youth Lacrosse board members and the Recreation Complex Grant Committee: Co-Chairs Alicen Yonts and Meredyth McMichael; and members Rich Moravec, Penn Yan Youth Lacrosse and Colby Petersen, Yates County Youth Soccer.

Yates Community Center is a not for profit organization founded in 2005 by a group of community members with a mission is to enhance the physical and mental well-being of Yates County residents by promoting and providing cultural, recreational, athletic and educational opportunities.

The 28-acre Yates Community Center Complex features a state of the art fully equipped fitness center, a brand new lacrosse box, a fitness trail, and a community building used for programming, educational opportunities, classes and meeting space.

The $500,000 New York State grant will be used to further develop the property into athletic fields, pavilions, expanded walking trials, more parking with road access to the fields, electrical infrastructure, drainage and irrigation. The creation of a park setting will provide for educational and recreational opportunities for the community.