Antioch Community Center at Prewett Park Officially Opens

Mayor Jim Davis with the help of Project Manager Lonnie Karste, fellow councilmembers, representatives of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Reddi Prewett, cut the ribbon at the ceremonies to officially dedicate and open the new Antioch Community Center at Prewett Family Park.

Article by Allen Payton, Photos by Dena Jeglum

Antioch officials, city staff, residents and representatives of the business community gathered for the ribbon cutting marking the official opening of the new Antioch Community Center at Prewett Family Park in Southeast Antioch, on Saturday, November 13. Also in attendance was Reddi Prewett, the widow of Ed Prewett who donated the land to the City of Antioch, and for whom the park is named.

Funded by $26 million from the Mello-Roos assessment district, the long-awaited 35,000 square foot facility, originally slated to be a library, includes a technology center where residents can order, pick up and drop off books from the county library system. It also includes a police services center replacing the mobile trailer that’s been used by the police department in front of the water park, a gymnasium, large community hall, preschool classrooms, meeting rooms, recreation services access area and a city hall kiosk.

The various rooms are available for rental, and some rentals have already been secured, totaling $45,000 in revenue, to date.

Some discussion has been held as to whether the facility will remain open, other than for what it has already been rented, as any operating loss will have to be covered by the city’s General Fund, which is currently facing a $300,000 per month deficit.

That decision will be left for the new city council to make.

For more information about the new Antioch Community Center at Prewett Family Park, please see the Antioch Community Center page on the City of Antioch website.

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