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Farewell to the Yucca Center

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The Yucca Recreation Center’s demolition began on Wednesday and various social media platforms were flooded with images of the south wing of the building coming down. In August, the City Council voted 8 to 2 to demolish the structure after two requests for proposals to buy and redevelop the center were posted and drew little response. The demolition contract was awarded by the council to Custom Construction & Roofing LLC for $91,043.66. Located at 500 S. Richardson Ave., the original structure was built in 1911 and was once a high school and junior high school, according to J.D. Shinkle’s history book on Roswell schools. It became a city-operated recreation center in the 1970s, according to “100 Years of Dreams and Realities: A History of the Roswell Parks System.” (Alison Penn Photo)