The Center revival takes baby steps with hoops, opening

The basketball hoops are back in one part of Williamsport Flanigan Park.

And the Campbell Street Community Center is reopening.

These hopeful developments come on the heels of the purchase of the center by Firetree Ltd.

The hope is that the purchase of The Center will usher in a new era of youth recreation and activities in that neighborhood. That would be a return on investment that pays great community dividends, in our view.

The Lycoming County Housing Authority had been attempting to sell The Center since 2013 after tenants of the property were evicted following discovery of unauthorized spending.

There has been a dark cloud over The Center for years before the authority took it over and that cloud has persisted.

Firetree, which operates drug treatment facilities and halfway houses in six Pennsylvania locations, is hoping to lift the cloud.

It’s no easy task.

The strategy is to oversee a wide range of community-centered programs, including youth basketball and after-school programs, adult learning seminars, and fitness classes.

In other words, get some positive energy going at the facility and the park.

Getting the hoops back in use and reopening The Center to people seems like a practical first step.

We couldn’t wish harder for a positive outcome.