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Washington Fruit Funding Will Help Refurbish Aging Community Center

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One of Yakima Valley's pioneer agriculture industries has pledged substantial funding to refurbish a building that currently houses programs provided by the City of Yakima's Gang Free Initiative and the Yakima Police Activities League. One of Yakima Valley's pioneer agriculture industries has pledged substantial funding to refurbish a building that currently houses programs provided by the City of Yakima's Gang Free Initiative and the Yakima Police Activities League.

YAKIMA, WA - One of Yakima Valley's pioneer agriculture industries has pledged substantial funding to refurbish a building that currently houses programs provided by the City of Yakima's Gang Free Initiative and the Yakima Police Activities League.

Washington Fruit and Produce, Co., made the announcement at a conference on Tuesday. The company will provide $50,000 for each of the next five years to upgrade the building at 602 N. 4th Street. The building, formerly known as the Miller Park Community Center, will be renamed the Washington Fruit Community Center.

The City of Yakima says they will match Washington Fruit's contribution, coming to a total of $500,000 to be invested in the facility to make it better suited to its current and future uses.

Improvements include new windows, lighting, and other energy efficiency upgrades, renovated classrooms, rebuilt restrooms, a refurbished kitchen and new dining space, enhanced communications capabilities, and changes that will make the building compliant with ADA requirements.

The building was originally built in the 1970s as Yakima's Senior Center. It is now used by both YPAL and as the GFI's Northeast Yakima Youth and Family Development Center. A variety of activities and programs are offered through the facility that target at-risk kids, helping to provide them with skills to be successful.

The improvements to the building will allow YPAL and GFI programs and activities to provide even greater benefits.

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