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The city has closed the Vare Recreation Center in South Philadelphia after engineers determined the 100-year-old building is unsafe.

“We decided that safety comes first and we really needed to ensure the safety of the young people and adults who use the facility,” said Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “So we made the call to close the facility.”

Outdoor facilities will remain open at the center, located at South 26th and Morris Streets. Parks and Recreation officials are working to relocate indoor programs affected by the closure to other centers.

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