The newly renovated Booker T. Washington Community Center has been officially open for a year! At a community event on Saturday, April 9, the Macon-Bibb Community Enhancement Authority (MBCEA) held a celebration to mark the occasion. Prior to its grand reopening in 2021, the center had been closed for five years.
District 8 Commissioner Virgil Watkins said he has seen a big impact in the area he represents. “It has been a hub for community activity and betterment. It is a good starting point for many initiatives aimed at mental and physical well-being. This place has always been a point of pride for the Pleasant Hill community, so I’m glad to see it thriving again.
During the one-year celebration, dozens of people came for free food, dance and taekwondo demonstrations, games, activities, prizes for children and to get information about the services there. are offered.
“I’m very excited and honored by the quality of the year we’ve had. Not just from Pleasant Hill, but from the entire community,” says Tedra Huston, Executive Director of MBCCEA. “We are proud to have provided vital mental health and other services to so many people in this first year, and we look forward to even better years to come.”
Organizations currently providing programs and services to the Center include MBCCEA, C-Qul, Southern Center for Choice Theory, Pace Center for Girls, The Mosaic Development, Eric Foundation, and Melanated Communities Stimulation Project. To view a video of the inauguration ceremony on April 7, 2021, click here.
The reopening of the Center is just part of the ongoing work to revitalize Historic Pleasant Hill. To improve the area near the Center, Macon-Bibb focused its blight removal efforts on nearby streets, the entrance to the historic Linwood Cemetery, and more.