Shown at the community center are (front from left) Bobby Swain; Walter Hawkins, recreation director; Kelvin Walker; Steven Brown; Tracy Smith; (middle) Shane Cahrier; Councilman Quamid Green; Mayor Chris McCorkle; (back) Sam Herrington; and Councilman Donnie Roland.

County citizens will soon enjoy a refreshed look to a popular gathering place after ball games, and for birthday parties, reunions and other celebrations.

Georgia-Pacific has donated $15,000 for the renovation of the Cedar Park Community Center in Warrenton. Improvements of the center will include painting the exterior and interior of the building, updating the lighting and renovating the kitchen with new appliances, cabinets and counter tops.

The renovations are slated for completion by August 2018 and local citizens will be invited to a grand re-opening at an “End of the Summer Celebration” at Cedar Park planned for August 4.

“Georgia-Pacific’s generosity will ensure that countless citizens and visitors continue to enjoy the ‘Red Building’ at Cedar Park for many years to come. We appreciate their support in serving the families in our community,” said Chris McCorkle, Mayor of The City of Warrenton.

The “End of the Summer Celebration” will be organized by The City of Warrenton, churches, civic groups and local non-profits. The gathering will provide a day of relaxation and enjoyment for community members, including Georgia-Pacific employees and their families.

“We’re proud to continue investing in our facility and the community in Warren County by supporting the local community center,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “We also appreciate the incredible reception we’ve received from county and economic development officials as we continue growing.”

Georgia-Pacific is currently building a new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County adjacent to its existing lumber mill. Construction of the $135 million, 340,000-square foot plant is scheduled to begin this summer, with an anticipated startup in spring 2019. An anticipated 30 to 40 employees will be hired, bringing the company’s workforce in Warren County to approximately 150 people.

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