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Marsha Barbour Community Center celebrates grand opening

By Jessica Bowman – email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Fun, food, live music and games filled the day at the Marsha Barbour Community Center's grand opening in Pass Christian Sunday.

Young critics are giving the Marsha Barbour Community Center two thumbs up.

"This place is great!"

Live music filled the air as residents near and far enjoyed food, the NBA basketball court and KaBoom playground. The olympic size swimming pool and new fitness center are just several of the many amenities offered.

Ella DeDeaux said, "We have a computer lab, guitar lessons in place and we already have a tutoring in place."

Executive Director Ella DeDeaux said there will also be a class held where folks can sign up and receive their GED after completing the course.

Board member Shantrell Nicks said, "We're going to serve the entire family in terms of physical and mental needs."

Along with a basketball tournament, a 5K run was held in celebration of the facility that spreads across five acres of land.

Executive Director Ella DeDeaux said, "All members of the family from grandparents to parents to children to infants we want to make sure that when someone comes to the center there's something for them to do."

As members walk inside the community center they are reminded who helped make this place what it is today. Board members said they want the center available to everyone in the community so they have extended the hours. It will now be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Parents can work out on the equipment, kids can do homework it's a gym for families," said Shantrell Nicks.

Board member Shantrell Nicks helped spearhead the community center and she along with others say this center is dear to their heart.

Shantrell Nicks said, "Dreams are being fulfilled."

Ella DeDeaux said, "I'm just excited ill tell you I'm excited because I think this is a great place for the community."

The million dollar center was funded by individual donations, fundraisers and grants.

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