The buzz of young and old at work and at play has returned to the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church.
Closed since 2001 for renovations, the center reopened Saturday -- transformed into what Fairfax County officials describe as a state-of-the-art facility. Expanded from 34,000 square feet to 57,000 square feet, it now includes the 250-seat James Lee Playhouse, two gymnasiums, a kitchen and meeting rooms.
The purchase of five additional acres of land allowed for the additions.
Activities and programs include a teen center, senior center, after-school programs and day care, team sports, activities for people with disabilities and a computer clubhouse. The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services operates the center.
The Literacy Council and a branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be located in the community center as well.
More than 600 people attended the reopening. Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Providence District Supervisor Linda Q. Smith presided over the ribbon-cutting and dedication, along with Joyce White, the center's director.
The community center is at 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church.