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Reopening was Saturday, May 22, 2004
Linda Q. Smyth
Chairman Gerry Connolly
Chairman: As the Board is aware, the James Lee Community Center
is a legacy of a culture and history that depicted strong
leadership in the community and it continues to champion community
stewardship today. What used to be the James Lee Elementary
School has, and now the Community Center, has undergone many
changes that reflect the needs of the community, including
the recent expansion of the center from 34,400 sq. feet to
57,400 sq. feet. The Center will offer an increase in social
and recreational programs and activities to meet the needs
of the community as well as partner with the Northern Virginia
Literacy Council, The Providence Players, Fairfax County Park
Authority and other County agencies.
would like to extend an invitation to all Board members and
citizens of our County - on behalf of the James Lee Community
and the citizens of Providence District -to attend the re-opening
of the James Lee Community Center on May 22, 2004 at 1pm.
Feel free to bring your family, friends and neighbors for
an afternoon of entertainment, refreshments, to tour the facility
and get to know the staff.
Therefore, I move that staff prepare a proclamation designating
Saturday, May 22, 2004 as "James Lee Community Day"
in Fairfax County. Mr. Chairman, recognizing your longstanding
commitment to this project, I ask unanimous consent that you
be added as a co-sponsor of this proclamation.
Further, I would ask unanimous consent that at the May 24
Board meeting we recognize and celebrate this important milestone
in Fairfax County by inviting representatives of the James
Lee Community Center Re-opening Committee to come before the
board to thank them for their efforts.
Lee Community Center Set to Reopen
James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church,
will reopen as a state-of-the-art facility for use by Fairfax
County residents this Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m. Fairfax
County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and
Providence District Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth will dedicate
the building at the ribbon cutting ceremony and community
celebration. Following the ceremony, residents may enjoy activities
at the center that include childrens games, live entertainment,
refreshments, presentations from Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD) about teens and drunk driving, and tours of the facility
until 4 p.m.
Community Centers expansion and renovation were financed
by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
and included the purchase of five additional parcels of land
to construct the improvements. The center was closed in 2001
for renovations and now includes the 250-seat James Lee Playhouse,
two gymnasiums, a kitchen and meeting rooms for community
activities and events. The facility has expanded from 34,400
square feet to 57,400 square feet.
the center opens, the Fairfax County Department of Community
and Recreation Services will offer a variety of activities
and programs for everyone that will include a senior center,
teen center, after-school programs, day care, competitive
team sports, activities for individuals with disabilities
and a computer clubhouse opening later this year. The Literacy
Council and a branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority
will also be located in the community center.
Saturdays celebration, local entertainment will be provided
by the combined gospel choir of the Galloway United Methodist
Church and the Second Baptist Church, the James Lee Community
Center Sparkettes and the James Lee karate team. Special guest
speakers include Katherine K. Hanley, former chairman of the
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Conrad Egan, chairman
of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority;
and Patricia Franckewitz, director of the Fairfax County Department
of Community and Recreation Services.
Vest, an employee of the James Lee Center, will perform the
national anthem. The Fairfax County Public Safety honor guard
will present the colors. Reverend Clyde T. Nelson, pastor
of the Galloway United Methodist Church will give the invocation
and Reverend James E. Browne of the Second Baptist Church
will deliver the benediction. The director of the James Lee
Community Center, Joyce White, will serve as the mistress
more information on the reopening ceremony of the center,
call Patricia McClenic, Fairfax County Department of Community
and Recreation Services, 703-324-5641, TTY 703-222-9693 or
Kristina Norvell, Fairfax County Department of Housing and
Community Development, 703-246-5104, TTY 703-385-3578.