The OGRCC – Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center promotes a sense of community by providing recreational, athletic, educational and social programs.
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This year, the OGRCC is celebrating 70 years of providing programs and events to the Greenwich community. Behind good leadership and guidance of an active Board of Directors, the OGRCC has increased from 30 members in 1946 to nearly 1,800 today, and from the original 3 programs to a wide variety of social, educational and athletic programs. Community volunteers and financial support continue to be an essential component to the growth of the OGRCC!
In 1943, because of war time restrictions on travel, teen-agers in Old Greenwich and Riverside could not participate in recreational programs offered in the other parts of Greenwich. This predicament inspired a group of citizens to form the Old Greenwich Riverside Council. Aided by the First Congregational Church, the council inaugurated a program of dances, Saturday morning movies, and athletic events. These activities were carried out in the Binney Memorial Parish House.
The founders felt that “sound recreational programs, properly administered, with good leadership would provide adequately for the needs of the local youngsters . . . and if any participant became better socially adjusted, it was a happy by-product.
The need to offer more programs and a better facility soon became apparent. The council requested support from the Community Chest to secure a club room for drop-in teenagers and a full-time director to oversee the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center. Guiding by-laws and a clear mission–to provide recreation for all its members, particularly the youth–were drafted. The OGRCC’s founding members included members from the Council, Club Shangri-La, and Binney Bruins.
The Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center was admitted as a member agency of the Community Chest in 1946. Three athletic programs were offered 150 members.
A community Sailboat regatta at Binney Park is introduced. This popular event continues to be a great annual event.