WEST CHESTER –  December 6, 2021 – The Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO) will receive $750,000 in state funding for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art community center.

The funding, secured by state Senator Carolyn Comitta, will support the construction of a more than 40,000 square-foot community featuring multiple indoor sports courts, an outdoor field, a café, an elevated track and workout area, an indoor performance venue, and an outdoor amphitheater, as well as multipurpose rooms for community programs, activities, and events.

Site development and preparation work is currently underway for the center, which is planned for a seven-acre location at 17-19 N. Bacton Hill Road in East Whiteland.

“I am proud to support funding for the new Great Valley Community Center, a place where residents, families, and young people can come together to participate in athletic, artistic, creative, and career-oriented activities with a focus on health, safety, and empowerment,” Comitta said. “I thank all of the staff, volunteers, patrons, and donors who continue to work to make the new center a reality. I look forward to its completion, and have no doubt that these investments will pay dividends in the future of our young people and our community.”

GVCO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong, vibrant, and connected community by providing facilities, activities, and programs enriching the lives of all local residents. Thousands of families have participated in the organization’s activities and many of the Great Valley Area School District’s students take part in GVCO’s youth sports offerings, including basketball, football, sideline cheer, volleyball, crew, and competitive cheer. 

Since its inception in 2001, it has expanded to include tutoring, arts, senior programs, community, and educational events as well as new sports to serve the entire Great Valley community. Previously, the organization had been operating out of a smaller, 10,000-square-foot facility on Bacton Hill Road, but population growth and the growing demand for expanded programs limited its offerings.

GVCO is currently undergoing a $3 million capital campaign to support the center’s construction. Learn more at www.gvco.org.