Community center grows to provide more activities

It has been 10 years since the Sand Ridge Community Association began operating the Jamestown Community Center in Hephzibah.

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Robert King works on the expansion of the Jamestown Community Center in Hephzibah. The 2,900-square-foot addition will offer more programs for children and adults.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Robert King works on the expansion of the Jamestown Community Center in Hephzibah. The 2,900-square-foot addition will offer more programs for children and adults.

"We took this center under our wings, and over the years the center has taken a life of its own," said Sammy Sias, the president of the association.

In that time, the center, which once lacked a staff, landscaping and activities, has become a popular gathering place.

It is host to numerous activities, including summer camps, organizational meetings, weddings, receptions and church gatherings.

Last year, the center served nearly 48,000 people through the activities and special events it held.

"We have a lot of things that we do in this facility, even though it's basically a one-room facility," Mr. Sias said. "Everything right now has to be mobile because we use it for so many things."

The need for additional space led the association to seek funds from the 1-cent sales tax to expand its building by 2,900 square feet. It currently has 3,120 square feet.

The center received $130,000 to add a conference room, a game room, a classroom, an office and storage space.

The entire expansion is scheduled for completion in September, Mr. Sias said.

He said he hopes the larger building will attract more people from the community and that the center will be able to add more services for children, such as a regular after-school program, and for adults.

"This whole concept is to benefit our community," he said. "You can't just have four walls and a door. The expansion will allow for more programming, thus allowing us to meet even more of our community's needs."

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.


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