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MLK center shows off renovations

MLK center shows off renovations »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center reopened last week.

The center, located on South Owens Street, had been closed for two months due to renovations.

Dianne Hoover is the director of Recreation and Parks. She showed Eyewitness News some of the renovations Monday afternoon.

Floor tiles and ceilings were replaced. The walls were repainted, as well.

Hoover admitted the 40-year-old facility had started to show some wear and tear.

Hoover said they’re happy to have completed the renovations in time for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast on Monday.

“When the kids walked in, it was the wow factor,” she said. "It creates respect but also helps them feel good about themselves to be part of a really clean and bright community center.”

Mayor Harvey Hall and City Councilman Willie Rivera were both on hand last week for the grand reopening ceremony.