With a helping hand from some area youngsters, the Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League officially dedicated land and unveiled plans for Buddy's Adventure Zone.
"We hope that this time next year we're going to be putting shovels in the ground for a ground breaking for what will be somewhere between a four million, five million dollar facility with turf and technology "stem" areas," said Egg Harbor Township PAL Executive Director Hector Tavarez.
Several elected officials looked on as plans for the 45,000 square foot science, technology, engineering, mathematics and sports facility were announced. For kids that grew up participating in the PAL like high school junior Emily Darling, who now volunteers with the organization, Buddy's Adventure Zone opens a wealth of possibilities for area kids.
"This building is just going to make all the programs that we have so much better and so much greater,” said Darling.
“It just gives us the facilities and support that we need to make this a destination PAL and that's what we're trying to do."
The PAL has already purchased and started clearing the future site of the facility, which served as a parking lot during this weekend's fair for all. And while the specs of the building have been mapped out, there is still plenty of work to be done. Officials say the fundraising effort is underway and 800 thousand dollars will be needed just to break ground next year.
"Confidence is pretty high, we're going to get this thing done, one way or the other it’s going to get done," said Tavarez.
Officials say the PAL was founded with the idea of building a relationship between kids and police and that this new facility will only strengthen this bond.
"I remember in 1989 when the PAL was started and now it’s grown into this fantastic facility and its only going to expand," said Egg Harbor Township Police Captain Raymond Davis.
Officials hope the new facility will give local kids a strong foundation to build on.
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