$10 million grant to support Berston Field House renovations


FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) –The Berston Field House, a nearly 100-year-old community center on the north side of Flint, received a $10 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to help with construction and renovations.

The grant is intended to help fund the creation of a state-of-the-art community center large enough to serve more residents and host festivals and events.

The project will bring a new gym, a large community hall, a commercial kitchen, additional classrooms, modernized staff offices and a fitness center including a dance studio, walking track and gym. boxing. Plans also include a combined soccer, football and lacrosse field, as well as a baseball field.

The entire project is expected to cost $26.4 million.

“Berston has been a community gem since 1923,” said Ridgway Wright, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation. “It’s exciting to think about how this project will help create the kind of space that staff, volunteers and residents deserve as they enter their second century.

Berston is a meeting space that serves everyone through a variety of opportunities, sports, clubs, programs and events.

“There is no other place quite like Berston Field House. Steeped deep in the community for generations, it continues to be a beloved point of pride and hope – with an even greater future ahead of it. “Said Bryant “BB” Nolden, Executive Director of Friends of Berston. “This grant helps bring our vision to life and serve even more children, families and residents of Flint. We can’t wait to get the job started.” »

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