- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for DCR Celebrates 50 Years of the Melnea A. Cass Center with Free Public Programs
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
Roxbury — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex in Roxbury, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) welcomes the Friends of the Melnea Cass Facility, Inc. and the community for two free public events at the facility. An evening commemorating the life and legacy of Melnea A. Cass will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM and will include a speaking program, a sit down dinner, and entertainment. The annual Cass Family Day will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM and will offer visitors games, educational programs, informational displays, history walks, free food, and more.
The DCR’s Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex was dedicated by Governor John Volpe in 1968, and is named after one of Boston’s most beloved and effective Civil Rights advocates, who was known as the “First Lady of Roxbury.” Melnea Cass was a fierce advocate for education, economic opportunities, and racial justice for her community. Serving numerous organizations and state boards, and as president of the Boston NAACP, Melnea Cass was a driving force for good for not only her neighborhood but for all of Boston.
The recreational complex is a popular hub for the Roxbury community and the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors can utilize the Olympic size outdoor pool, splash in the new spray deck, or participate in athletic programming and special events year round in the field house. The complex also offers space for community meetings and programs such as after school tutoring or sports lessons.