Site Cleared for New Family Life Center at Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Site Cleared for New Family Life Center at Riverside Presbyterian Day School
A photo of the demolition at Riverside Presbyterian Day School, taken July 6, as the school and church prepare for the new Family Life Center.

Demolition crews have cleared the way for Riverside Presbyterian Day School’s (RPDS) new Family Life Center at Oak and Post streets.

The former church youth program facility that once stood on the site will be relocated to its own renovated space in the church education building for youth, explained RPDS Director of Advancement Doug Walker.

This construction is part of a multi-phase campus development plan funded by the Cornerstone Campaign – a capital campaign for both the school and the church. Additional improvements will include the installment of perimeter fencing around the campus grounds, renovation of the Rice Sports Zone and the renovation and expansion of the existing parking facility at Oak and Post streets, which is currently underway. The final phase of the development plan will be the actual construction of the Family Life Center.

All construction encompassed in the campus development plan is expected to be complete next summer, according to Walker.

“It’s been super exciting because I think this is the opportunity for both the church and the school to see this is just a new, sort of a future vision of unity – both church and school unity – but also an outreach to the community,” Walker said. “These facilities will be available for programs that can be a real strong ministry for the church and school. It’s been just extremely exciting and rewarding to see that come about.”

The Cornerstone Capital Campaign Fund for the church and school launched in 2021 and has since raised $6.2 million of its $7 million goal. In addition to these construction and renovation projects, the campaign will also fund three endowments.

According to Walker, a contractor has yet to be awarded the project.

By Michele Leivas
Resident Community News

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