A historic gym in Alapaha
is celebrating its 75th birthday, but there isn't a lot to celebrate right now.The building has served as
a community center for generations, but it needs a facelift and the city
doesn't have the money.
The gym holds generations
of history, but those special moments are in danger of being erased forever!
"There is a spot where the
tile has fell out and you can tell a lot of water has fallen through that spot,"
said Councilman Phillip Hoffman.
Hoffman recalls many of
the events the gym has hosted over the years.
"We've used it not
only for a gym, we've used it for beauty pageants, we've used it for talent
shows, we've used it for religious services, it's all purpose," said Hoffman
The gym was funded by
FDR'S New Deal initiative back in the late 1930's to help stimulate the economy
and provide an outlet for people during the Great Depression. But age is
catching up with the landmark now.
"It's just an ongoing
problem; we've had to patch the roof probably ten times in the last eight or
nine years," said Hoffman.
The building needs a $30,000
roof repair. The city has come up with
half of that price. Leaders hope citizens will donate the rest. Anthony Powell
used to hang out in the gym growing up.
He wants to see the building saved.
"It would to the
point that you think about all the hands craft, that the people into this gym,
and there some of the elderly people that still living now that they know some
of the people, the fathers or mothers that helped build this gym," said Powell.
Councilman Hoffman and
many other people in Alapaha want the gym fixed up.
"I'm hoping to
restore this gym to as good of condition as we possibly can get it and I hope it
will continue to be used for the betterment of our community and as a community
center, that will be my hope," said Hoffman.
He shut the doors on Friday, hoping to find a
way to keep the historic building open.
If you would like to
donate to the cause please send all contributions to address below.