Karen Pan reported to Historic City News today that community members and the general public are invited to attend tomorrow’s dedication celebration for the Solomon Calhoun Community Center.
Speakers will include United States Congressman John Mica, St. Johns County Commissioner Ron Sanchez, West Augustine CRA Chairman Greg White and others. Entertainment will be provided throughout the Open House by various community groups and performers.
Saturday, April 25 – beginning at 10:00 am
10:00 Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting
11:00 – 2:00 Open House, Cookout, Art Exhibit, Activities, Entertainment
The Solomon Calhoun Community Center which is located at 1300 Duval Street in West Augustine, has been a long-time project of the West Augustine Community Redevelopment Agency and goal of the County Commission. From West King Street, go south on Duval Street until Duval Street ends at the park entrance.
The facility is within walking distance of much of West Augustine and includes a full-size gymnasium, several community and all-purpose rooms, office space, a swimming pool and splash park, and athletic fields to be added in the future. Please note the swimming pool will not be open during the Open House.
Multiple agencies will have a presence and offer programming at the Calhoun Center, including St. Johns County Recreation and Parks, the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, the Sheriff’s Office Weed and Seed Program and the YMCA. The approximately $7.9 million project is funded through a combination of sales tax bond revenue, impact fees and bond financing.
The facility was named by the County Commission earlier this month for Solomon Calhoun, a long-time educator, mentor and coach in St. Johns County, who was also the first All-American football player at Florida A&M University. Members of Calhoun’s family will be present for the Dedication.
Contributed photograph – St. Johns Cultural Council