Patch was there last April when construction got underway on the $25 million Ashland Youth Center located at 16335 E. 14th Street.
Check out a photo gallery of the soon-to-be-completed center that will cater to youth ages 11 through 24.
The 31,500 square foot, two-story facility is the largest youth center being built in the country at this time.
It came together with the help of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD), the former Alameda County Redevelopment Agency, the San Lorenzo Unified School District and input from the community.
The project has been named "Reach" -- an acronym for how it will offer local kids with help in recreation, education, art and culture, careers and heath.
It will be a big boost for the blighted Ashland neighborhood. The center adjoins HARD's Jack Holland Sr. Park and the at Edendale Middle School.
District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley has spearheaded and championed the project.
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