On-line Originals: Jacksonville Accepts $ 1M Grant To Rebuild Jack Amyette

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – The City of Jacksonville has received a $ 1 million grant to help rebuild the Jack Amyette Recreation Center gym.

The federal grant is under the so-called Office for Economic Adjustment.

“This is part of the federal government to help military communities meet certain needs, especially when those needs are tied to the military family.” Richard Woodruff, city administrator

Jack Amyette Park and Recreation Center are located in the New River District of Jacksonville.

According to Woodruff, there are many military families living there who live outside the base.

The total cost of the project is $ 5 million, with the other $ 4 million coming from local tax dollars.

“It’s going to be a hybrid gym, bigger, much more user-friendly in terms of space.” Susan Baptist, director of leisure services

Baptist says that during Florence, the roof from the rear of the complex was demolished.

Since it’s closed for so long, it’s difficult to find a large indoor space for children.

“Given today’s challenges, I think a place where children can be safe and have fun and socialize is a win-win for everyone.” Susan Baptist, director of leisure services

S.IGHTS AND SOUNDS: Original damage from Hurricane Florence in 2018. Courtesy of the City of Jacksonville.


  • Demolition – 30 to 45 days.
  • Expected bids – January or February 2021.
  • Construction work in progress – spring 2021.
  • Completion: autumn 2021

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