The Palatka Departments of Community Affairs, Recreation, Cultural Arts, and Code Enforcement recently moved from their offices in the City Hall Annex on First Street to the former Robert H. Jenkins Middle School gymnasium at 1100 North 19th St. in Palatka.
The City acquired the facility from the Putnam County School District after the school was closed in 2021.
“The future plan is for this to be a modern-day community center with a 1 stop shop where you have organizations that can help the neighborhood in the community but also run youth and adult programs.” said Community Affairs Director Eddie Cutwright,
“We are not there yet. We have a couple of mandatory renovations that we need to put in place before we open to the general public. Right now, my estimated time would probably be by December 1 before we completely open up.”
“Now we were running day-to-day operations that ran in the annex building out of this building. Code enforcement, recreation, cultural art, and special events.” he continued, “We are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.”
The field behind the facility is also being used for athletic programs like the Recreation Department’s Flag Football games.
“We have all been really looking forward to the move. I think my staff has found the new form of energy of coming over here. We have a nice facility now, and we will have an even better one when they finish the renovations so we can spread our wings and serve the community even better than we do now,” said Cutwright
For more information or to reach the Community Affairs Department, please call (386) 329-0100 ex 331, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Palatka-fl.gov