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City Parks and Recreation honored for renovating Cannon Centre

Published on Monday, November 11, 2013

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The Cannon Centre has become a venue for plays produced Greer Cultural Arts.

Jim Fair

The Cannon Centre has become a venue for plays produced Greer Cultural Arts.



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An elevated deck outside the building’s main entrance overlooks the Greer City Park pond and gazebo.

Jim Fair

An elevated deck outside the building’s main entrance overlooks the Greer City Park pond and gazebo.

The South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association honored the City of Greer Parks and Recreation Department for renovating the former National Guard Armory and Horace McKown Center to create the multipurpose Cannon Centre.

The SCRPA’s Parks Excellence Award is given annually for a project pertaining to a new, renovated or revitalized park.

Department director Ann Cunningham accepted the award at SCRPA’s joint meeting with the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association in Raleigh.

“Repurposing a facility can be challenging, especially when the facility has such historical value and community ties,” Cunningham said. “Several members of the community who literally grew up with the building have seen it transition from a National Guard Armory to a basketball gym and now into an event center.”

The 10,000 square-foot Cannon Centre, dedicated July 2012, required extensive renovation. It featured a 5,700 square-foot main floor available for lease for weddings and receptions, banquets, and parties. Also included is a full-service kitchen, two classrooms, state of the art electronics including a surround-sound audio system and full theatrical lighting. The building also houses the office of Greer Cultural Arts.

An elevated deck outside the building’s main entrance overlooks the Greer City Park pond and gazebo.

In its first year of operation, the Cannon Centre was reserved 164 times, including three theatrical productions, and generated $68,000 in revenue. Free events have included a storytelling series and indoor movies as part of the Moonlight Movies series.

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