On Saturday, May 7, community members gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new Community Center in the Lee District. Located at 7950 Audubon Avenue, the center provides recreational activities, educational workshops and programs to residents in the Buckman Road area on the west side of Richmond Highway in Alexandria.
Speakers at the ribbon-cutting event included U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly; David Levine, President/CEO of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services; Jeffrey McKay, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Rodney Lusk, Lee District Supervisor; Bryan Hill, County Executive; Lloyd Tucker, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Nicholas McCoy, Commissioner of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority; and community member Anthony Thompson. Center staff provided tours and refreshments after the ribbon cutting.
Fairfax County purchased the facility, originally the Mount Vernon Athletic Club, in May 2020. The county made several improvements to the facility in the areas of basic accessibility, capital renewal, safety, and community use updates. In addition to providing resources for the community, the community center is also the site of the Workforce Innovation Skills Hub (W.I.S.H.), a workforce training and development center. To learn more about the project, visit the community center's webpage.
The Community Center in Lee District is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 1-9 p.m. To view the center activity calendar, go to the Activity Calendars webpage.