The new 10,000 sq. ft. Cone Park Branch Library, located in a city park, adjacent to the Eastside Recreation Center and in front of Cone Park Track, will open on Saturday, December 14, at 10 a.m. Since November 2011, this branch has been operating out of a modular building east of the Eastside Recreation Center.
“The staff has gone beyond the library walls to reach out to schools and the community to develop unique partnerships, and the community has welcomed the Cone Park Branch by participating in programs and supporting community outreach. The high use of the modular building solidifies the need for a permanent building. We are excited about our partnership with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs locating the next branch in a City park!”
Building a larger facility will enable the Library District to provide more services to more people. The Cone Park Branch will include approximately 18 computer work stations, Wi-Fi hot spots, a dedicated eGovernment computer, children’s area with a Snuggle Up Center, a lively teen area as well as a quiet reading room for the traditional library user plus a much larger collection of books, CDs, videos and reference materials.
The new facility will include a public meeting room plus study and training rooms. In the new facility, the Library Resource Center, staff by Partnership for Strong Families, will provide expanded social services and resources at this location modeling some of the best practices from the Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Steven R. Phillips noted that, “We are so pleased that the community has embraced the new park development that includes the Cone Park Branch Library. We are honored to be part of this community effort, improving the quality of life for everyone.”
The Gainesville architectural firm of McKellips Associates Inc. provided design and engineering services. The general contractor for the project is Mandese White Construction, Inc. ThemeWorks, Inc. of High Springs designed and created the Snuggle Up Center.
See our construction progress in the photos below and mark your calendar for the December 14, Grand Opening.