This project will construct a youth recreational facility in partnership with one or more organizations to provide recreational activities for "at-risk" school aged youth in Athens-Clarke County. It is expected that the partner(s) will provide capital funds to the project to support SPLOST funding. This project is envisioned to include the design and construction of an estimated 25,000 square foot facility and related infrastructure at a location to be determined by the Mayor and Commission. The facility may include a gymnasium, game rooms, group meeting rooms, computer lab, teen center, educational center, arts & crafts room, restrooms and offices.
In August 2009 the Mayor and Commission approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Clarke County School District and the Athens Housing Authority to jointly support the development of a youth facility and gymnasium through the renovation and development of the H.G. Edwards Gymnasium as part of the overall redevelopment of the H.T. Edwards School Complex. The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government will provide $1,000,000 in funding from the SPLOST Project 32, in accordance with the programming schedule, as contribution to the design and construction of the renovation.
Project 32 provided for the renovation of the H.T. Edwards building high school gymnasium into the new youth center. The 20,000 square foot center features academic and athletic programs, a gym, computers with tutoring software, and separate spaces for different age groups.