SPACE COAST DAILY TV: City of Rockledge Opens Long-Awaited New Rockledge Civic Hub
By Lisa Nicholas, City of Rockledge // June 20, 2019
grand opening ceremonies slated for June 20 and 22
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno is at the Grand Opening of new Rockledge Civic Hub off Barton Blvd. in Rockledge, directly to the east of Rockledge City Hall.
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – The mood was celebratory off Barton Blvd. in Rockledge on Thursday evening as the city held a grand opening for its new “Civic Hub.”
The process to create the Civic Hub began with the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners in late 2015 with the purchase of 1.6 acres of raw land, according to a release from the City of Rockledge.
Features of the Civic Hub include a covered balcony, turf and grass space, walkways, restrooms, water fountains, charging stations and Wi-fi access among its features.
“We knew we had a vision of what we wanted here,” said Rockledge mayor Thomas J. Price. “We just didn’t know it was going to be this beautiful.”
The ceremony itself featured the first raising of the American flag at the hub followed by brief remarks by the mayor before a “ribbon cutting” was held. After that, those in attendance were invited to sign the ribbon.
Price also said he believed the hub would help with events that had previously been held on Barton Blvd. itself.
“It draws people to Barton Blvd., a central area and that’s how you’re helping your business people but we designed this for our vendors,” Price added. ”
“I think you’ll see it really come into its usage when we start doing arts and craft shows,” said Ted Hartselle, who serves on Seat No. 6 on the Rockledge City Council.
“We have room for 120 tents right here on the site whereas we used to have to line them up and down the road and have to close down the road. This is much easier. Car shows, the October art festival, things like that will be an upgrade.”
Patrons also had an opportunity to have free ice cream and popcorn at the event as well.
The Civic Hub opening is just the first of two big events in the city over the course of three days. The city will officially open Fire Station No. 36, located off Fiske Blvd., at a ceremony on Saturday at 9 a.m.
“It’s a 1.5 million dollar fire station. It’s absolutely gorgeous,” Price added.
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