Orlando celebrates grand opening of new neighborhood center in Holden Heights

ORLANDO, Fla. — The city of Orlando celebrated the grand opening of a new neighborhood center in Holden Heights on Wednesday.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Bakari Burns participated in the official ribbon-cutting.

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The historic former Grand Avenue Elementary has been repurposed as a youth and family recreation center, complete with a gym and a pottery studio.

“It’s going to have the opportunity for all types of educational opportunities. For instance, the Orlando Science Center is going to do a STEM program here with the support of NASA ... how cool is that?,” Dyer said.

Photos: See inside Orlando’s new neighborhood center in Holden Heights

The city is hosting a community open house on Saturday, featuring tours of the new facility as well as youth activities.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.