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Lake City community center OKed to open

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Lake City officials will host an open house for the town’s new community center Sunday. The facility is designed to be a place where residents can hold social functions.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Lake City officials will host an open house for the town’s new community center Sunday. The facility is designed to be a place where residents can hold social functions.

LAKE CITY — A $6.3 million sales tax-funded facilities and recreation project in Lake City will end this weekend with the opening of the city’s new community center.

The city will celebrate the 3,700-square foot community center today with an open house. During the event, residents will be able to tour the facility, which is designed to look like a small house in the city’s new nature preserve. The preserve was also created as part of the facilities and recreation project.

The public’s ability to use the community center looked in doubt a month ago, when officials said a fire marshall would give them an occupancy permit for only the open house. Earlier this week, Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt said that will no longer be a problem.

“We got our certificate of occupancy and it’s not just for the open house anymore,” said Oswalt. “It’s a permanent certificate.”

The open house will take place Saturday, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at the community center. The $733,000 facility is next door to the Lake City Municipal Complex, located at 5455 Jonesboro Road, in Lake City.

The new community center replaces an old center which was torn down in 2010 to make room for a new city storage facility. The storage facility — like the community center and nature preserve — was built with funds from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax designated to pay for facilities and recreation projects.

City officials have said the community center will be a place where residents can gather for a variety of social functions, including wedding receptions, anniversary gatherings, reunions and graduation and birthday parties.