The new Fox Hill Neighborhood Center, located at 65 Hall Road, officially opened on June 5, 2021. Only half of the center is open so far. At the opening of the main building, city officials and the neighborhood group officially broke ground on part two of the center: the gymnasium.
Neighborhood officers are:
President Jamie Chapman
Vice-President Brian Rowland
Secretary Linda Ware
Treasurer Tori Keener
If you would like to volunteer or contribute to the center, your help would be welcomed.
Rooms in the new Fox Hill Neighborhood Center will be available for rent for organizations and individuals who want to hold events there. People who volunteer at the center will receive credits they can use toward the cost of rentals. For more information, go to foxhillneighborhoodcenter.com. The site also has an events calendar. You may also follow them on Facebook.
Fox Hill groups created their first neighborhood center in a building at Grundland Park. It was used from the mid-1970s until it was destroyed by a tornado in 2014. That center served as a site for youth sports registrations and banquets, various meetings, senior citizens gatherings, weddings, funerals, family reunions and spaghetti suppers and fish fries, often fund-raisers for local organizations.
A community engagement process, including public meetings, was used to select a new site. Finding the site took longer than expected because of the prevalence of wetlands in the Fox Hill area. Residents preferred the former church, and the selection of an existing building allowed the center to open — at least in part — faster than new construction would have allowed.
A meeting on Nov. 27, 2018 at Asbury Elementary School updated residents about progress on the neighborhood center. It was also an opportunity for city staff to get citizen feedback. See description of Nov. 27, 2018 community meeting. The meeting included a presentation on proposed amenities, the budget for renovations, and a request for volunteers to serve on a planning work group. Members of the work group will keep the process moving forward by sharing their insight and helping to develop a framework for the center.