After many months of anticipation, the Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park was dedicated by the Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 19, 2011.
The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Forest Advisory Council, coordinated the days festivities including arts and crafts activities, light refreshments and the ceremony.
The community center, formerly home to the Forest Public Library, offers daily public meeting room access, a variety of adult and youth recreation programs and a youth room equipped with billiard, foosball and pingpong tables. One of the ping-pong tables was donated by Steve Allen, owner of Tallen Builders, who renovated and expanded the center.
Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the adjacent Sandhill Park can enjoy a playground, picnic pavilion and self-guided interpretive trail along a raised boardwalk connecting to the library’s new location.
Construction of the Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park was completed in October. A U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Community Development Block Grant funded the project.
The Forest Community Center is located at 777 S. Hwy. 314A in Ocklawaha.
For more information about upcoming programs, to reserve a room, or to learn about volunteer opportunities at the center, please call 352-438-2841.