the new youth center is the topic – WGAU

An open house on plans for a sales tax-funded youth and community enrichment center is scheduled for tonight at the Rocksprings Park Community Center.

On the Athens-Clarke Co government website…

A SPLOST 2011 Project #22 – Youth and Community Enrichment Facility Partnership Site Criteria Open House will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Rocksprings Park Community Center at 291 Henderson Extension.

The open house will provide residents with the opportunity to view and comment on the proposed criteria for determining the best location for the new facility. Possible sites will be evaluated against final criteria that will be approved by the Mayor and the Commission after hearing recommendations from the SPLOST Site Selection Committee, a residents’ committee appointed by Mayor Kelly Girtz and chaired by the District 8 Commissioner. Carol Myers.

The open house is a walk-in format with information provided on each of the criteria. ACCGov staff and members of the SPLOST site selection committee will also be present at the open house to answer questions about the criteria. No official presentation will be given.

An online survey is also available at until Sunday, May 22 for resident feedback. The survey also includes information on the proposed site criteria, area maps and project process.

Once the criteria are approved by the Mayor and the Commission, the SPLOST Site Selection Committee will begin the process of reviewing candidate sites, conduct an additional open house and survey of possible candidate sites, and provide candidate sites to the mayor and to the Commission for consideration. This process is expected to take place throughout 2022.

The SPLOST-funded Youth and Community Enrichment Facilities Partnership Project will provide a new facility in partnership with the Athens Land Trust for youth development and family education programs in Athens County- Clarke. The project is expected to include components such as a computer lab and technology center, classrooms and conference space, associated administrative and operational areas, an incubator kitchen, wood and metal stores, and a garden and market space with an outdoor pavilion and a stage. The Mayor and Commission selected the Athens Land Trust as the community partner and Architectural Collaborative, LLC for the design of the facilities.

For more information, contact the SPLOST Program Management Office at 706-613-3025 or visit


Youth and Community Enrichment Facility Project Page

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