CYPRESS PARK — The modest Richard Henry Dana Library served patrons for more than 80 years before closing in 2008 after a new, larger library was built nearby. But after a $1.1 million renovation, the old library is reopening today as a new community center named the Cypress Park Club House.
A grand opening ceremony was scheduled to be held this morning to show off the restored building at the corner of Pepper Avenue and Romulo Street. The one-story, Georgian-Revival style building is a city historic cultural monument.
The renovation included a new roof, lighting, electrical systems, ADA-accessible restrooms and ramps, interior plaster, paint and exterior wood siding and the installation of French doors leading to rear yard.
The Cypress Park Club House, which will operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks, will offer programs for adults and seniors in the mornings as well as afternoon and evening classes for teens and youth, according to city spokesman Paul Gomez. Senior programs will include a daily coffee social and exercise and fitness classes while the youths can sign up for dance, guitar and other classes. A computer lab will also be open to the public.
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