More than $2 million is being spent on a new addition to Marian Anderson Recreation Center for the Major League Baseball Youth Academy. Improvements to the center include new indoor batting cages, classroom space and more as part of a youth baseball development program.
Now that the facility is almost completed at 17th and Fitzwater, it’s time to give it an official name. From the beginning of the project, current Phillies player Ryan Howard has been a contributor. A bill is now being introduced to name the facility as the Ryan Howard Training Center.
Funding for this project has been a combined effort from the MLB, the Phillies, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Howard.
The bill for this renaming is currently still in council and was introduced on April 14.
This new 7,500 sq. ft. facility is expected to be completed by June 20. Once the center is completed, this Urban Youth Academy is expected to serve 8,000 area kids at the year-round facility.