The City of Groveland will hold a ribbon-cutting to officially open the new Elese Tomlin Community Center at 6 p.m., Monday, June 25, at 204 Gadson St. Following the ribbon-cutting, the public is invited to tour the Center and to enjoy light refreshments.
The Center was named in honor of Elese Tomlin, a beloved member of the Groveland community who once owned the property. Tomlin died in 2012 at the age of 107.
The City is partnering with Anointed Community Services to provide programs during the summer for children ages 6-14 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Second Harvest is providing lunch and snack.
Activities include arts and arts, cultural studies, music and dance and computer technology. The weekly cost is $10 per child. Scholarships are available.
Council Member Mike Radzik said the idea for the center grew out of a community meeting five years ago in the Blue Street area. The City budgeted $100,000 for the Center, with the goal of providing a place for studying and for neighborhood gatherings.
Council Member John Griffin said naming the Center after Tomlin was the City’s way of recognizing Tomlin’s contributions to the community.
“In every neighborhood, there are heroes, like Elese Tomlin, who excel in decency,” Griffin said. “This will be a place that will encourage children to reach their goals in life.”
Family, friends and her church pastor said Tomlin would have approved of the Center, due to her love of children and serving others. Even past 100, she would make snowcones and sell them to raise money for her church.