Renovation of Iuka park’s community center underway

An architect's rendering shows plans for the Iuka Youth and Community Center at Iuka Mineral Springs Park. (Courtesy)

An architect’s rendering shows plans for the Iuka Youth and Community Center at Iuka Mineral Springs Park. (Courtesy)

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

IUKA – The Iuka Youth and Community Center at Iuka Mineral Springs Park, used for a variety of family and community events, is undergoing an extensive remodel that is expected to keep the facility closed for at least another two months.

The 1960s-era building’s renovation will be inside and out.

“We’re installing handicap-accessible bathrooms, new flooring, new ceiling tiles, a new roof and a handicap-accessible door at the front,” said Mayor John Castleberry.

The project is funded by a $150,000 small municipalities grant from the Mississippi Development Authority that requires no matching funds. However, an additional $42,000 from the Rural Development Administration will be used to fully re-equip the kitchen.

“We’re calling the kitchen renovation phase two, and we’ll have new cabinets and appliances,” Castleberry said.

The exterior face-lift includes sealing up two double doors at the front that accessed the building’s one large open room, and the outside will be painted, replacing the current red brick exterior. A new handicap-accessible double door will be installed on the front center wall, with large banks of windows high in the walls to increase natural light.

No work on the tennis courts and basketball court is included in these projects. However, Castleberry said the city board hopes to add funds to the regular budget to improve the tennis courts.

Cook Coggin Engineers and the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District have worked on the design and funding approvals, and Calenco LLC of Sheffield, Alabama, is the contractor on the youth center work. The agreement gives the contractor 75 days to complete the work.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com