The 3,700 square foot facility containing a large all-purpose room, kitchen, restrooms and other areas, will debut in a special ceremony Oct. 6, according to Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt.
Construction of the facility, which will have a capacity of 150 to 200 people and will accommodate both public and private events, began in January with the entire cost being paid for through local option sales tax funds.
Oswalt added that the facility has a beautiful view of the lake, fountain and the special ceremony area developed through the Jester’s Creek Water Reclamation project completed last year.
“This facility will be available to rent out for special ceremonies like weddings, corporate seminars and similar events that will satisfy the capacity limitations,” Oswalt said.
“It does have a small kitchen but we believe most of the special events held here will be catered,” he added.
This facility replaces Lake City City Hall as a community center.
Oswalt said Lake City’s original community center was developed in the 1950s on property deeded to the municipality by the Harper family.
“However, when Kroger opened in the city, they took that property and we began holding community-type events at City Hall,” the mayor said.
“However, this new facility will allow us to offer Lake City residents and others a beautiful place large enough to hold special events while keeping in mind the occupancy space limits.”
Oswalt described the facility as a “diamond in the rough” which Lake City residents can show with pride.
During construction, there was some concern regarding the location of the community center and a potential problem in regard to fire fighting equipment being able to reach the facility in an emergency situation.
“That situation has been resolved so we are full speed ahead as we look toward the official grand opening,” Oswalt said.
The mayor promised the grand opening ceremony would consist only of a short welcome.
“The main thing we want is for our guests to be able to walk around at their leisure and look at our community center,” he said.
“People will be here to take a close look at this facility and what it offers as far as a place to hold special events and not hear long speeches,” Oswalt added.