HOUSTON, TX — The City of Houston will hold its grand opening of the brand new Judson Robinson, Sr. Community Center on Saturday. The $6.9 million project includes a new 12,800 square foot community center with a gymnasium, large classroom, kitchen, computer room, new playground, football field and an expanded parking lot. The Community Center will be LEED certified for its energy and environmental design.

Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will host ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. at 1411 Ledwicke Street in the Pleasantville neighborhood of northeast Houston.

"This spectacular facility will become a treasure in the historic Pleasantville community," according to Steve Wright, Houston Parks and Recreation Director. "We are proud to be a part of honoring the legacy of Judson Robinson, Sr. He was a true pioneer in this city and impacted so many lives. This project is a fitting tribute to everything he stood for."

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department worked with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Arts Alliance to include civic art as part of the project. Artist Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw worked with the community to create an inspirational mural for the facility’s lobby space.

Judson Robinson, Sr. was a founding member of the Houston Area Urban League. He was the first African-American appointed to the Houston Housing Authority board. His real estate business was the first African-American mortgage company in the state approved by the Federal Housing Administration. His son, Judson Robinson, Jr, was the first African-American elected to Houston City Council. Judson Robinson, Sr. died on May 11, 1986.

(Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Essence)

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