Thursday, June 8, 2023

Oxford Activity Center Project Moving Forward Despite Funding Concerns

Artist rendering of new Oxford Activity Center

In March, the City of Oxford and the Oxford Park Commission hit a snag in terms of the future of the new activities center on Molly Barr Road. After the project was initially agreed upon at $7.5 million, additional funding was needed to clear debris underneath the site of the center. The additional $2 million posed a problem for the city, and the activity center project was seemingly put on hold. 
Tonight, the Board of Aldermen will vote to “authorize design team to proceed with design of Activities Center at the Price Street/Molly Barr location,” according to the BOA’s agenda.
City engineer Bart Robinson noted that the funding concerns have not yet been resolved but solutions will be explored and decided upon during upcoming budget sessions. 
Director of the Oxford Park Commission, John Davis, wished things were “a bit more solid” back in March, but now that the BOA is moving forward with the design, Davis has hopes for the future of the activity center. 
“I do think it’s a step in the right direction,” Davis said. “I firmly believe that the city leaders will find the necessary funds to get this project finalized. The new facility will be so great for the community, and I know that the board sees that and is willing to get this completed, even if we have to wait a little longer to get it done right.”
The activity center was built in 1976, and the new center will be located right beside the current building. 

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