The opening of the new community center and field office in Antlers took place on Tuesday, March 26th. Drawing over 200 individuals to the momentous event, who came out to show their support, the hopes for this new center are to provide larger areas for senior citizens to gather for meals, hold meetings and classes, and offers office space and much needed parking.
Located at 400 1/2 S.W. “O” Street, the new building is over 8,000 square feet, much larger than the old one, seats 170 people, has emergency backup generators, fire sprinklers and will include a workout room.
Welcoming residents and members of the Choctaw Nation, Assistant Chief Gary Batton expressed his gratitude to the Council members who all had a hand in making this building a reality.
The center was opened in dedication to the seniors of Pushmataha County and the District with hopes of giving them a location that was safe and that they would be proud to call their own.
People in attendance included: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle, Assistant Chief Gary Batton, Councilman Jack Austin and others, County Commissioners Michael Brittingham and Jerry Duncan, Antlers City Mayor Mike Burrage, County Clerk Jane Dunlap, Court Clerk Tina Freeman, County Assessor Francis Joslin, Pushmataha County Sheriff Terry Duncan, and many more from the community.
The ribbon cutting was followed by a lunch provided for all in attendance.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma opened this facility intending to continue “Growing with pride, hope and success.”