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Marydia Community Center Groundbreaking


A groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 13, 2012 to commemorate the building of a new community center in historic Marydia. The community center, which will be located at 707 Sawdust Trail, is the location of a former Osceola County Fire Rescue Station. The former fire station will be renovated and restructured into a facility that will offer vocational, occupational, and educational opportunities for residents.

The groundbreaking ceremony featured the Pledge of Allegiance by children from the Hope Learning Care Center, an invocation by Pastor Abdoula Holley and remarks from former Osceola County Commissioner Ken Smith, and Bishop Gary D. Gray. Bishop Gray conceptualized the idea for the community center in 1996, and former Commissioner Smith was instrumental in working with the County to obtain funding to build the center.

In addition, Chairman Frank Attkisson announced that approximately $1.4 million has been allocated to begin the process of providing water and sewer service to homes and businesses in the Marydia community.

The community center will be large enough to accommodate 320 people and will be available to rent for special events. It will also include a warming kitchen to provide lunches for the elderly. Future plans include a computer lab, a tutoring center, and employment assistance with capabilities for GED testing.