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Martial arts classes at the Taylor Community Center

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The Taylor Senior Citizens Group meets at the center regularly.

It may be winter outside, but Triboro-residents have plenty of recreation options at their disposal, thanks to the Taylor Community Center.

The Taylor Recreation Committee is now taking a more active role in promoting the facility, which is located at 700 S. Main St. and offers a number of affordable family-friendly activities and services to community members.

“We just want to make people aware of some of the different things we have and the features we offer, and that this is a great facility that’s here for them to utilize,” said Robert Thomas, who along with Dan Nenish, Jared Godlewski, Jim Armillay, John Gaidula, Ron Aniska and Jim Muth make up the seven-member recreation committee, which meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

Fitness enthusiasts and those who have made exercise a New Year’s resolution will find many attractive features at the Community Center, or TCC, as it’s commonly referred to.

For starters, there’s the price — full-year memberships are just $50. With that, members have access to updated weightlifting equipment, a number of cardio machines, a heavy bag, steam room and sauna and basketball court available for pickup games.

In addition, the TCC is home to boys’ and girls’ youth basketball leagues, as well as Sensei Jerry Rizzo’s Skinko-Ryu karate school, which holds classes at the TCC Monday and Wednesday evenings.

“It’s the longest continuing program in the community center’s existence,” Thomas said. “It’s been there for years – it’s where I got my black belt. And it’s incredibly affordable.”

Besides all the exercise options, the Community Center’s meeting room and gymnasium are both available to rent for birthday parties and other special occasions. The meeting room is $30 per hour, while the gym is $60 per hour and $30 per half hour.

Meanwhile, the TCC is now home to the Taylor Senior Center and the Treasure House Child Development Center. Outside the facility, there’s ample parking and a children’s playground.

While the Community Center is the focal point of recreational life in Taylor, Thomas also stressed that the recreation committee is also responsible for the borough’s parks. John Derenick Park, Rear 500 Union St., is home to Taylor girls’ softball and also has tennis and basketball courts, a pavilion and restrooms, and is available for rental. David Noakes Park, located at Schlager Street and Kerstetter Court, is home to the Riverside Junior Vikings football and cheerleading organizations and Taylor Little League, and has a basketball court and children’s playground.

Throughout the year, the recreation committee hosts several community events, including the borough’s annual Memorial Day parade and an Easter egg hunt that the committee co-sponsors with the Taylor Lions Club. It’s also planning to host its first holiday tree lighting at Christmastime.

To further its promotional efforts, the recreation committee established its own Facebook page at the end of last year. Thomas said residents can reach out via the page, or by emailing recreationcommission@taylorborough.com, or by calling the TCC at 570-562-1917.

“We would love to hear from Taylor residents about ideas for future projects and programming,” Thomas said.