On June 15, 2022, Gilbane Building Company celebrated the groundbreaking of its Vare Recreation Center project. Gilbane is partnering with Rebuild, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and Make the World Better Foundation. GBCA member Geppert Bros., Inc. is performing the demolition for the project.

The Vare Recreation Center is to date the largest Rebuild project to start construction. Totaling over $20 million in investment, the Vare Recreation Center revitalization will tout:

  • A brand new, 18,700 square feet recreation center complete with:
    • A 7,000-square feet indoor basketball gymnasium with spectator bleachers
    • A 4,900 square feet gymnastics gym with all new athletic equipment
    • A 900-square feet multipurpose room that can be converted into two classrooms
    • Multipurpose space for community programming
  • Two new outdoor basketball courts
  • A 1,500 square feet outdoor classroom
  • Brand new synthetic turf field funded in part by the NFL Grassroots program through LISC and the Philadelphia Eagles
  • New spray ground
  • New 6,000 square feet playground dedicated to 2-5- and 5–12-year-olds
  • New exterior lighting
  • New trees and landscaping
  • New Percent for Art Public Art installation
  • Relocated Indego Bike share station

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