23: East Athens Youth & Community Enrichment Facilities Project
This project will provide funding for land acquisition, design, construction, and/or equipping of facilities for youth development and family educational programs in eastern Athens-Clarke County and/or renovations, improvements, additions to, and equipping of existing facilities. It is anticipated that the facility or facilities may be built in conjunction with one or more public or other private partner(s) that will provide additional capital funds to the project to support SPLOST funding and that would provide the operational funding for the facility. The project is envisioned to provide a facility or facilities to provide youth out of-school enrichment activities with a focus activities such as academic success, workforce and/or entrepreneurship development. The mission of the Youth and Community Enrichment Program is to provide the capital improvements necessary to provide the services for the development of youth and their families through providing a safe, convenient and interactive environment. Depending upon costs and funding availability, such facilities may include, but not be limited to, components such as computer lab and technology center; classrooms and conference space; game room; teen center; gymnasiums; associated administrative and operational areas; sports and recreation spaces; exterior stage area; and sport’s field. Examples of potential partner organizations may include, but not be limited to, organizations such as the Clarke County School District, Boys & Girls Club, Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens-Land Trust, other such organizations, or could be departments within the Unified Government. Additionally, to the extent allowed by law, funds may be used as matching funds for leveraging grant opportunities.