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Lone Tree resident Sharon VanRamshorst had one word to describe the Lone Tree Hub, the old library-turned-community center: “Terrific.”“This, I think, is one of those things that we all saw that we needed,” said VanRamshorst, who has lived in Lone Tree since its inception in 1995, “a gathering place and a meeting place to serve people.”On May 1, residents, city leaders and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District employees came together for the grand opening event of The Lone Tree Hub.The building at 8827 Lone Tree Parkway served as the city library before the opening of the new library in July at 10055 Library Way, near the Target shopping center at Lincoln and Yosemite.The city teamed up with South Suburban Parks and Recreation to operate the building. South Suburban will offer programs in the three multi-purpose rooms, such as science, music and multimedia camps for children, yoga classes and social activities, like bridge.“The city of Lone tree discovered long before I came along that we do our best work when we partner with others,” Mayor Jackie Millet said. “I couldn’t be happier to acknowledge our partnership with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.”The classes will operate in line with South Suburban pricing. The Hub is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The conference room and the three multi-purpose classrooms are available to rent for $45 an hour for a room or $200 an hour for the whole facility.Lone Tree spent $256,000 on renovations in the building. The money went towards the construction of a reception desk, updating of meeting rooms and the addition of a removable wall in a large meeting room.Residents who order books online from Douglas County Libraries also can pick them up or drop them off at the center. There is an additional shelf and display of books at the Hub that can be checked out through the Douglas County Library system.The Hub’s lounge area is free and open to the public. There is a fireplace and chairs are situated throughout the building.“It is a great district amenity for the residents of Lone Tree,” said John Ostermiller, chairman of South Suburban’s board. “We hope you will stop by to read, relax, visit and enjoy a cup of coffee. It will be a good place to get together to relax, meet and have great conversation.”
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