A presentation given to guests revealed that it had been 102 years since Charles Woollam donated the land which became 'The Rec' for the people of Fleetville; 73 years since the low-height temporary building on one side of the park arrived as a wartime emergency nursery; and 33 years since Fleetville Community Centre first opened its doors in a flurry of local excitement.
|Fleetville Community Centre in 1992|
For over one hundred years children have been able to play to their hearts' content on Fleetville Recreation Ground, and today it is busier than ever, with the welcoming little Beech Tree Cafe acting as a honeypot for the recently upgraded playpark.
It also rang with the sounds of little children from 1942 when the nursery was perched on its concrete platform above the underground shelters, while their mothers worked in the munitions factories, especially at Ballito Hosiery Works, where Morrison's is today.
|Mayor Geoff Harrison with some members of the Community Centre|
Trust and Friends at the event.
Guests at the celebration obtained their first glimpse into the future – a glimpse which they themselves will help to forge. They were given the opportunity to offer and discuss their own ideas for a new building. At present there is very little to see, except examples of other recently-completed centres, and of course, a picture of a daunting but exciting process to go through.
Accompanying the presentation was an exhibition, It All began In 1913, which can be seen again at Larks in the Parks on June 28th.
A drop-in facility is open at the Centre on Tuesday and Thursday mornings until the end of June to find out more about the new building project and to talk over ideas which users and others may have for the proposed new building.