On October 30, 2017, the City of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST programs and the Department of Parks & Recreation joined Mayor Kasim Reed; Dr. Bernice King; Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Amy Phuong; Renew Atlanta Vertical Program Management Officer, Garfield Peart; and City Council member Natalyn Archibong (District 5), to host the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation & Aquatic Center ribbon cutting ceremony.
Speakers welcomed over 150 community members who came out to show their support for the newly built facility. The original aquatic center closed down in 2012 due to structural problems. Now a recreation and aquatic center, the $23.5 million dollar project was a priority project for Mayor Reed. This Renew Atlanta and Parks & Recreation partnership project is one of Renew’s biggest, at 64,000 square-feet, with $17 million contributed bond dollars.