Mayor Buckhorn Opens New Community Center in Sulphur Springs

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will cut the ribbon on the new Springhill Community Center on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3 p.m. The Springhill Community Center is located at 1000 East Eskimo Avenue.

The community center design includes a gymnasium, warming kitchen, computer classroom, multi-purpose room, splash pad, playground, and a new sports field. It is also home to the Virginia Rivers Creative Arts Studio, which has three classrooms and a high tech performance workshop dedicated to theater and performing arts programs. The studio was named in honor of Virginia Rivers, who was the founder and creative director of the City's award-winning Creative Arts Theater, a professional children’s theater troupe whose mission it is to bring the performing arts to our economically challenged neighborhoods.

In addition to performing arts, the new community center will serve both youth and adults' social, recreational, health, and educational needs through a variety of programs and classes including an after-school program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa.

Local artist Susan Gott worked with children living in the surrounding neighborhoods to create a blue and white glass mobile, the piece of public art which graces the atrium. The glass sculpture was named "Spring Rain" by the children.

Construction on the $2.5 million Springhill Community Center began in June 2010. The project was funded through Community Investment Tax funds.

After the ceremony attendees are invited to tour the center and find out about the different learning and recreational opportunities that will be available. Activities include:

Multi Purpose Room
Meet the staff and learn about the upcoming classes. An informational video on the construction of the center will also be shown.

Classroom 1
Music and rhythm instruments for the kids.

Classroom 2
Hands on puppetry demonstration - learn how they are made.

Classroom 3
Take a hip hop dance lesson.

Watch a puppet show video featuring Creative Arts Theater founder Virginia Rivers.

Computer Lab
13 computers available for use.

Basketball skills and drills lead by the Skills Center team and Parks and Recreation staff.

Softball Field
Football, soccer and baseball drills and skills lead by the Skills Center team and Parks and Recreation staff.

Splash Pad
Bring your bathing suit and a towel!

For more information about the community center, please call Greg Bayor, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, at (813) 274-7730 or by email at