Task Force to Explore Malden Teen Center
Mayor Gary Christenson announced the formation of the volunteer task force during a Tuesday press conference. The group will report back in 45 days with recommendations for constructing such a facility.
A volunteer task force will examine other nearby urban teen centers as part of Mayor Gary Christenson's new initiative to create a permanent teen center in the city.
Christenson said he heard the proposal raised “over and over” from voters both young and old during his campaign last year, from “all four corners of the city.”
“The time has come,” he said, adding that the city's teen population was growing, with about 1,900 students enrolled at Malden High School.
Cathy MacMullin, who has run a “teen night” at the Malden YMCA, was chosen to head up the task force, and will be assisted by Beth Rosa of the Malden Redevelopment Authority.
“I think one thing that's really overwhelmed us is the interest of the teens themselves,” Christenson noted, pointing out several Malden High School students in attendance for the conference.
As planning remains in the preliminary stages, questions about programs, cost and whether to build a completely new facility in the city should have clearer answers over the next 45 days, at which point the task force is expected to deliver recommendations to Christenson.
“It will be a priority...to do everything we possibly can to make this center a reality,” Christenson said.