Proud Partners for the new MLK Center Panama City

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Official Millwork providers MLK Recreation Center- Panama City Florida

PANAMA CITY — Designs for the planned Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center were approved during the Panama City Commission meeting Tuesday morning. 

The commission approved the draft master plan after CCR Architects and Interiors presented the renderings to city officials and residents. City officials said this new recreation center will offer the community lots of new amenities and features for all ages. The previous MLK center was destroyed by Hurricane Michael more than three years ago.

“It is just state of the art,” Commissioner Jenna Flint Haligas said. “It’s giving our kids things that bigger cities offer to them, like STEM situations and editing and sound rooms and sound engineering and just really cool things, like eSports and places to hang and all those kinds of things.”

The highlights of the presentation included a community center, a gymnasium, walking paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, a STEM lab and more parking spaces. The construction for all the amenities would be divided into two phases. 

The center is estimated to cost $14.7 million and will be reimbursed with Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, insurance, the federal New Markets Tax Credit, private and corporate donations and other eligible projects funding programs.

As someone who has been in the Glenwood community for years, Commissioner Kenneth Brown said the MLK Recreation Center has come a long way. He said its history within the community is long.