The City of Savannah held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center (PARC) last Friday, July 12, 2019.
Nearly one hundred community members and staff gathered to celebrate the opening of the SPLOST VI funded PARC ($7.25 million from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST). The 18,960- square-foot, two-story facility includes a fitness room, art classroom, game room, a computer lab, teaching classrooms, including one designed for computer training, a serving kitchen, a commercial-style kitchen for teaching culinary arts and a 2,000- square-foot multi-purpose room that can be divided into two separately functioning spaces. “This building came in like lightning,” said Mayor Eddie DeLoach who was referencing the mere 360 days it took to complete the project from groundbreaking.
On Saturday, a block party was held at the PARC. Hundreds of residence engaged in face painting, vision screening, music from E-93, membership registration, facility tours and programmed activities. Executive Director Kareem Hill is excited about the future of PARC. He pointed out the various partners who will deliver services including Savannah Technical College and their culinary program. As we toured the kitchen facilities, Mr. Hill expressed “the farm to table concept”, which is the importance of the vegetable garden planted on the property. “The kitchen has an overhead mirror designed for cooking classes as well as a big screen TV, said Mr. Hill.
“This is the first facility of its kind on the eastside that pulls together resources for children, seniors and everyone in between,” said District 3 Alderman John Hall.
Following the ribbon cutting, the Human Services department offered tours of the facility and refreshments to guests. The opening of this new facility aligns with the City’s Savannah Forward strategic plan priority of neighborhood revitalization.