AIKEN, S.C. (WFXG) - The South Carolina Department of Aging has granted the City of Aiken a $350,000 grant to make renovations to the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.

The city says that funding will renovate and expand existing restrooms to meet ADA accessibility standards, update the catering kitchen for better functionality and convert two existing storage rooms into a dedicated senior room and a fitness room. Additionally, the city plans to renovate include all doors and entrances to be ADA accessible with automatic operating doors installed at the entrances and restrooms; construction of a wheelchair accessible countertop at the front desk; additional windows to renovated rooms for natural light; upgrade existing windows for energy efficiency; and HVAC upgrades for enhanced indoor air quality and energy efficiency, among other improvements.

"The City is grateful to the SC Department on Aging for awarding this grant funding to the City of Aiken," remarked Joy Lester, Capital Project Sales Tax Administrator. Lester added, "The Smith-Hazel Recreation Center is an important recreation facility to the community it serves. We are excited to have this grant to support these much needed upgrades that will benefit all users."

The Smith-Hazel Recreation Center is located at 400 Kershaw Street NE and has many facilities, including an outdoor public pool, gymnasium, basketball courts, walking track, playground equipment, and many other amenities. For more information about the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center and the City’s other parks and recreation facilities, visit https://www.cityofaikensc.gov/offices/department-of-parks-and-recreation/.

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