COSTA MESA — City and school officials unveiled a new teen center Monday at Costa Mesa Middle School.
About two dozen middle-school students gathered for the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, which took place after school let out for the day.
As soon as the center opened, middle school students made themselves at home playing board games, table sports, musical instruments and making arts and crafts.
"It seems like a lot of fun," said seventh-grader Kate Piatti, 12. "Everyone's having a good time."
The center will be open from 2:50 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday for seventh- or eighth-grade students from any school in the district who want a place to get homework help, hang out with friends and play games.
Students with working parents now have a safe place to do recreational activities that will strengthen their social skills and character development, said Costa Mesa Middle School Principal Aaron Peralta.