ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—Long-time Enterprise residents described the M.N. (Jug) Brown recreation center as
a “happening place” from the moment it was built 64 years ago.
WDHNs Mike Gurspan says the community “bid a farewell” to the iconic structure that served
several generations of young people. A Decommissioning Ceremony took place in order to build
a 25-million dollar facility to replace it.
And with that, and the giving of the key to Enterprise Mayor William Cooper. The M.N. (Jug) Brown recreation center was “officially” closed after serving generations of young people for 64 years.
When built in the late 1950s, it was named after Mayor M.N.(Jug) Brown who spent two decades in office.
The brown family took part in the ceremony.
Neil Brown says “Visions of the future, it wasn’t Jug Brown that did it. It was the family of the city of Enterprise that did it.”
Ed Brown says “the rec center I’ve used my entire life for musical entertainment, for swimming, for recreation, the library was once here.”
Mike Gurspan says
“Enterprise Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell says that the facility will be leveled in coming months to make way for a 20 million dollar state-of-the-art recreation facility.”
Once the building comes down, construction will get underway on the new facility. It will include
an indoor exercise facility along with swimming pools.
Powell, says “it’s tough to say goodbye but we’re excited about the future. For us to build a new recreation center and be progressive to provide for today’s family in Enterprise.”
Powell says the new multi-million dollar rec. facility will be built on East Lee Street where the Jug Brown building is currently located. The new building is expected to serve the community for the next 60-plus years. Reporting in Enterprise, Mike Gurspan WDHN News for the wiregrass.