SEMINOLE, Fla. -- Thanks to a complete upgrade and redesign, the improved "Teen Room" at the Seminole Recreation Division is now the place to be for area youth.

Two years ago, it looked a lot different. The upgrades came thanks to the city's Community Development Director, Mark Ely.

"If it can survive summer camp, then we know we're in good shape," said Ely, who donated $50,000 to the teen room upgrade project.

"It's a great place, keeps the kids off the streets, gets them socially engaged and you've got a structured environment," said Ely, who has been known to donate to projects at the recreation center when he sees a need.

The teen room now has virtual reality gaming, interactive technology, and a movie projection screen.

"It was surprising to see how new it was and how good it looked," said Lauren Montag, a summer camp intern.

Montag has been coming to the center for as long as she can remember. 

"It's a lot of fun here. It's a fun place to be," said Montag.

Now she is one of many teens who can enjoy the room all summer long.

Ely, meanwhile, is already researching his next project for the recreation division.

"Stay tuned. We'll see what I can come up with," Ely said.

For more information on about the Seminole Recreation Division's Summer Camp, visit