‘Desperately needed’ Boys and Girls Club begins registration on far east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A new option to keep kids safe in one of the city's highest crime areas is set to open and begin registration.

The Finish Line Boys and Girls Club at 38th and Post will officially open on June 13.

Registration begins at an open house Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis' Executive Director, Rick Whitten, gave FOX59 a tour of the brand new facility. It is the first to be built by the Indianapolis chapter in 23 years.

"This is going to be a great place for kids to come in this part of town," Whitten said.

The club is near one of IMPD's focus areas, at 42nd and Post. It is a high crime part of town where 38% of residents are under the age of 18.

"(It's an) area of town that desperately needs a safe place for their kids to go to," Whitten said.

Juan Ongay, who will run the club as its unit director, said that already lots of people have been stopping by to inquire about the club.

"All of them are (saying), 'Wow, this is the best thing that's happened. This is really neat, when are you guys opening up?' The phone calls just keep on coming in," Ongay said.

The club will be open to kids five to 18. It includes a large gym, games room, art room, computer lab, multiple study rooms, and a teens-only area.

All children are welcome. If you want your child to attend year-round, it costs $15 to join. If you want your child to attend for the summer, it will cost $50 to join. For more information, go to the link here.

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