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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/21/2013
Public Information Officer
Leon County Celebrates Grand Opening of New Lake Jackson Community Center
Center heralded as an “anchor” for the Lake Jackson area
Leon County celebrated the grand opening of its new Lake Jackson Community Center this morning, located at 3840 N. Monroe Street, Suite 301.
The new state-of-the-art community center is housed in the Lake Jackson Town Center at Huntington, where many members of the surrounding community flocked to the new site to take part in the morning festivities.
“This is a great day for the citizens of Northwest Leon County,” said District 3 Commissioner John E. Dailey. “I couldn’t be more excited about this community center and what it will do to bring people together in this part of town.”
The new center is housed with two different meeting rooms – one large and another medium sized. The large meeting room has a seating capacity of approximately 85 seats and boasts a built-in projector with multimedia hookups to enable computer training. The medium meeting room can seat a maximum of approximately 38 people. It contains a large 52-inch television wired for multimedia purposes. Between the two rooms rests a warming kitchen complete with refrigerator, ice maker and microwave.
The Lake Jackson Community Center was constructed to support the needs of a growing community surrounding the North Monroe Street site. Initial improvements to the Lake Jackson Town Center at Huntington, formerly known as the Huntington Oaks Plaza, started with a renovation to the Lake Jackson Branch Library, which was completed in August 2012.
“By repurposing the old Huntington Oaks Plaza, we have reaped many rewards,” said Commissioner Nick Maddox, Chairman of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. “The first reward came in the form of a newly expanded branch library, which was completed in August of last year. Now, the second reward for the Lake Jackson community comes with the completion of this community center. And I know there are many more rewards to come!”
The completion of the community center further enhances the redeveloped site as a true sense of place initiative – meaning a desirable destination for Northwest Leon County.
The final touches of the Lake Jackson Town Center facelift won’t be complete until May. The remaining part of the project involves adding sidewalks, walk-ways for exercise purposes and a new bus stop within the plaza’s parking lot.
“We knew when we finished the Lake Jackson Branch Library last August that it was more than just a library,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “This library and community center will be the heart of the Lake Jackson Town Center which will stimulate interest and a renewed investment in this part of the community.”
For more information regarding the Lake Jackson Community Center, contact Leigh Davis, Director of Leon County Parks and Recreation, at (850) 606-1475 / DavisLe@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .
To reserve the community center, please call (850) 606-1470.