Burlington’s Sara Holbrook Community Center expansion breaks ground

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After years of fundraising and planning, the Sara Holbrook Community Center holds a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion project on North Avenue in Burlington.

The center was founded in 1937. The expansion will add 7,000 square feet to its facility.

It’ll include more classrooms and meeting spaces, a gymnasium and a natural outdoor playground.

The organization serves 11,000 children each year, and Mayor Miro Weinberger said the expansion will help the city accomplish one of its goals.

“High-quality child care spaces just have a huge impact on the lives of the families that are able to drop their kids off there,” he said. “We don’t have nearly enough of these high-quality child care slots in Burlington. That’s why we’ve created a new program to try to help the expansion of these, and this is a happy day for me to know the city is able to contribute in a small way through this project with our Early Learning Initiative.”

The center launched a $3.9 million fundraising campaign in late 2015 to help pay for the project. At the moment, they’ve raised a little more than $3.2 million.

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