Last Thursday, the Clayton County Board of Health and officials with Safe Kids Clayton County, Safe Kids Worldwide, and FexEd joined Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to debut new safety improvements around the center.
According to Joel Hall with the Clayton County Board of Health, this was the follow-up to the groundbreaking event last June announcing the receipt of a task force grant regarding the project.
“This will allow easy access to the center across busy Rex Road,” Hall said.
The $25,000 in grant funding was used to create a pedestrian crosswalk on Rex Road leading to the Rhodenizer Center.
In addition, pedestrian crosswalk lights were also installed in an effort to enhance the safety effects of the crosswalks.
“These lights will assist motorists in being more aware of the pedestrian traffic, both inside the cross walks and surrounding areas,” Hall said.
He added the crosswalk lights are solar-powered.
He said the grant from FedEx and Safe Kids Worldwide provided funding to various initiatives so as to create a safer environment for motorists and child pedestrians using the center.
According to Singleton, the unveiling of these Rhodenizer Center improvements was the first phase of safety improvements that are planned not only for the center itself but the surrounding area.
Singleton will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rhodenizer Center to discuss the safety improvements planned for the area.
“These are safety improvements that will also positively impact the Historic Rex Village as well as Adamson Middle School,” Singleton said.
She added they would also improve the walk ability aspect of the entire area.
Hall said many who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the Rhodenizer Center, Adamson Middle School and the historic Rex Village have to cross numerous busy intersections, especially on Rex Road, to get to the Rhodenizer Center and other areas.