By Beverly Perkins
Fourteen years ago, Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong and City Council Members approved and adopted Resolution No. 8729. The resolution authorizes the sale and issuance of the city’s series 2003 Non-Ad Valorem Tax Revenue Bonds. Approximately $2.1 million remained in the bond, which was refinanced in November of 2013.
Three years ago, in 2014, The Plantation City Council gave approval to spend the $2.1 million on the new community center. The overall appearance and traditional design of the building was chosen to complement the nearby city buildings such as the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library and the Plantation Historical Museum.
Additional funding sources for the new 11,000 square foot community center include the City’s capital budget and a generous donation last year of $100,000 from the General Federation Woman’s Clubs Plantation Woman’s Club (GFWC). The charitable 501 (c) (3) club is the oldest civic organization in the City of Plantation. All club proceeds go to scholarships, education, and community improvements.
The new facility designed by one of South Florida’s top 25 architect firms, Synalovski Romankik Saye, features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a large space for plenty of programs for the community to enjoy such as Zumba, gymnastics, yoga, and kickboxing. It also has three additional rooms to serve the community. These are perfect for hosting local organization meetings and clubs. A warming kitchen is also on site, so catered events can be hosted.
The dedication and grand opening celebration were held in August with an official ribbon-cutting event led by Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic.
Introductions were made by Debra Generotti, Chairperson, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Manuel Synalovski and Merrill Romanik, AIA, Synalovski Romankik Saye. Also in attendance were City Council representatives, Peter S. Tingom, Lynn Stoner, Jerry Fadgen, Mark Hyatt, and Ron Jacobs and many community VIPs.
“The opening of the new Plantation Community Center on Palm Tree Road is a wonderful addition to the public recreational facilities in the City,” says Helen Ackerman, President of the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club. “Not only does it have the traditional work-out equipment but also boasts the latest in sound and electronics. A children’s center is a real plus for parents. This facility will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come”.
The Plantation Community Center is located at 5555 Palm Tree Road, Plantation, 33317. For room rental rates and more information, please call 954-797-2180. Hours are as follows: Mon – Fri: 8:00AM – 8:30PM, Saturday: 8:00AM – 4:00PM Sunday: Closed.