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Mt. Juliet teen 'rec' center in works

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On the heels of a benefactor's donation of land for the city's third fire station, another "angel donor" has stepped up to donate land for a much anticipated "teen recreation center" in Mt. Juliet.

According to Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenneth Martin, plans are in the works to operate a teen center in Mt. Juliet with an already in place facility and additional four acres for a "teen park."

"If all the pieces fall into place, the teen recreation center would be big," Martin said.

Big means about 6,000 square feet of space inside, with an expanse of land surrounding for outdoor activities.

The site is in the Providence/Villages area of Mt. Juliet. As of Tuesday, Martin said he's not able to reveal the benefactor, but when the deal goes through, he's "going to brag on him a lot."

At this point in the process, the benefactor is in talks to "deed the property to the city," Martin said. And, Martin hopes to garner the support of local businesses to donate to the endeavor. What most excites Martin is the inclusion of a "two lane bowling alley" as part of the mix. Other possible activities at the teen center could include pool tables, arcade games, basketball goal, Ping-Pong, foosball, and corn hole.

"We'd love to have teen car shows, too," Martin said.

There could also be sand volleyball and music events.

"We are just so excited," Martin said. "This will be a place for Wilson County teens. A place that's their own. To make it their own. We don't have anything like this yet."

Martin said this endeavor is specifically for those in the Wilson County area, and a school ID or other identification will be necessary to take part.

He hopes the center will be open in three months, or sometime around mid-summer. And also hopes local "angels" will donate and contact him with possible support.

"I hope for more information to be available soon," Martin said. "The Board of Commissioners, staff and the Angel Donor are very excited about this idea and the prospects of bringing it to fruition for our citizens."

Writer Laurie Everett may be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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