JONESBORO After a three-and-a-half-year wait, Clayton County is ready to build a new recreation center on the east side of Jonesboro.
The county bought 7.25 acres of land on Stockbridge Road for $375,000 in August 2009. The intention was to build a new recreation center for Commission District 4 on the property, but the land has sat undisturbed ever since.
However, that is expected to soon change because the Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this week to move forward with the center’s construction.
“The county will be best served by directing the Clayton County Department of Central Services to commence project planning and construction activities for a new District 4 Recreation Center,” a county commission resolution states.
Construction of the new recreation center furthers the objectives of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by voters nearly 10 years ago.
It would be the fifth recreation center built in the county using funds from that SPLOST.
The decision to move forward with construction also comes on the heels of the completion of another center, the South Clayton Recreation Center, in Lovejoy.
That center, which has not yet officially opened, found itself in the middle of a naming controversy in late December and early January. The commission initially named it the Wole Ralph Recreation Center, even though the majority of respondents in a naming contest recommended some variation on the “Lovejoy” name.
The name was changed to the South Clayton Recreation Center last month after two seats on the commission changed hands.
Construction on that center ended at the beginning of the year, but the county is still in the process of buying equipment to furnish the facility. The commission also voted unanimously this week to spend $35,000 on fitness equipment for the South Clayton Recreation Center.