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A center for the community: Victory Forest celebrates grand opening March 3

Posted Feb. 16, 2018

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Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St., will celebrate its grand opening with a day of festivities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3.

The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by remarks from community leaders, performances by local dance groups, demonstrations by fitness and martial arts instructors, and much more. Tours of the new facility will be offered regularly, so visitors can learn more about its amenities and the variety of programs currently being offered.

“We want the community to feel like this is their center,” said Peggy McCoy, center supervisor for Victory Forest. “We want it to be the place where our community gathers to celebrate with friends and family, where they spend time getting healthy … ultimately, we want to enrich the lives of every person who walks through our doors.”

Putting the “community” in “community center”

“When we talk about ‘finding your center,’ we recognize that everyone is enriched in different ways,” said Sheri Endsley, a superintendent in the Park & Recreation Department. “Some people find enrichment through exercise and physical training, while for others it may be through building relationships, or exploring their creativity.”

“Whatever it is that makes people feel connected, part of something special — that’s what Victory Forest, and all of Fort Worth’s community centers, are all about.”

Victory Forest has been designed with the community in mind, offering a variety of patios, multipurpose rooms, a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and an outdoor courtyard where residents can host children’s birthday parties, graduation get-togethers, family reunions, bridal showers or company events.

Additionally, Victory Forest offers a variety of enriching programs for all ages. Kids can participate in the center’s After School Program, or an assortment of classes ranging from ballet to martial arts; families can take part in story time or other activities with their toddlers, and adults can socialize while painting or playing pickleball. Special events will also be held to coincide with holidays or other occasions.

Helping residents reach their fitness goals

Similar to Chisholm Trail Community Center, which opened in 2014, Victory Forest has a 2,000-square-foot fitness room filled with cardio machines, strength equipment and free weights — everything one could need to meet their fitness goals.

For families on the go, the center offers Kids Play to keep children engaged and having fun while their parents squeeze in a workout.

Fitness memberships for the center are currently on sale as part of an early-bird discount. People who purchase a fitness membership — a separate cost from base center membership — prior to the center’s grand opening on March 3 will receive a 20 percent discount off standard rates.

Those who are interested in purchasing a center or fitness membership, renting the venue, or signing up for one of Victory Forest’s classes can do so online.

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