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Friday, June 14, 2024

City officials cut ribbon on future community hub at Tuscawilla Park

Ocala officials broke ground last week on a new “Heart of the Park” community space that they hope will serve as a community hub for residents from all across the city.

On May 15, city staff and elected officials broke ground at the site of the former American Legion (516 NE Sanchez Avenue) within Tuscawilla Park.

The building, which has not been occupied by the American Legion for several years, will be renovated and turned into a community hub by Ocala Main Street. Officials hope the hub will unite residents for weddings, ceremonies, and other gatherings.

“This project focuses on connectivity and community, bridging the gap between Downtown, Midtown, and Tuscawilla, and providing an amenity for park goers, residents, and visitors alike,” reads a statement by the organization. “This historic property will become a community hub and transform our beloved park into the gem of our city.”

In addition to serving as a hub for activity, the space will have a museum space to highlight the city’s history, as well as equipment offerings for visitors to the park.

The project is just a stone’s throw away from the new Infinite Ale Works, which is seeking a liquor license for its new location at 235 NE Watula Avenue.

UPDATE: This story was revised to clarify and attribute the development and management of the project to Ocala Main Street.