Newnan Centre our newest gem

Today is a very big day for the city of Newnan.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public will get a chance to visit and participate in the grand opening of a new facility off Lower Fayetteville Road.

After 14 years of ups and downs, starts and delays, The Newnan Centre officially opens. 

When you have grown men wearing suits and ties saying things like “this is really, really cool,” well then, you know it’s pretty cool. And it is. And it is beautiful - something everyone in the city of Newnan can take pride in.

There are still some areas that aren’t completed, namely the pavilion and covered walkway that connect the Newnan Centre to the Coweta County Board of Education’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. And the final touches on the amphitheater still needs work. But the center itself, complete with a full commercial kitchen and main ballroom, is ready for business.

Fully opened, the main ballroom can hold about 500 for a sit-down event, or about 800 standing. That ballroom can be split into smaller rooms to accommodate different sized groups. Officials with the Newnan Convention Center Authority, volunteers who have worked tirelessly over more than a decade to see this day, point out with pride the complex is one of the most up-to-date, technologically- advanced wired buildings in the state.

There is much to celebrate. But it was the vision and the cooperation between two distinct governing bodies - the school board, city council and convention authority - that stands out far more than some building.

Together, those groups have created a complex of unprecedented beauty and utility simply by working together for the betterment of the residents of Coweta County. And for that, we salute the numerous elected officials and volunteer authority members - both past and present - for what we can now all enjoy. From outstanding concerts, plays, weddings, receptions, trade meetings, banquets and proms, everything is possible on the 40-acre tract off Lower Fayetteville.

And the vision is not over. That vision includes a completed amphitheater for outdoor concerts, movie nights and other events. The city continues to court various companies about locating a boutique hotel on the grounds. The city also is working up plans to create a nature and walking trail, complete with various sculptors and other art, along the pathways. 

We would be remiss in not thanking our own local Headley Construction, who came in the middle of the project and took over when the previous contractor defaulted. Yes, there are many to thank.

And so to all we say, “Well done.”

Well done indeed.

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