TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will celebrate the official grand opening of the new Woody Hair Community Center in Kenwood on Thursday, June 6 at 11 a.m.

The new community center is approximately 33,000 square feet and includes space for a number of community programs and activities, along with an elder nutrition program, wellness programs, a new Head Start facility, school sporting events and more. The project includes a replacement of the baseball/softball field, outdoor basketball court, public playground and includes a new area reserved for traditional games.

The facility is a total investment of approximately $21 million including crucial water infrastructure investments that support the new facility along with the community of Kenwood as a whole.

Nearly 26,000 Cherokee citizens live within a 20-mile radius of the facility.

The new Kenwood community center is one of more than 60 construction projects included in the largest single capital investment in Cherokee Nation history, totaling nearly $1.2 billion. These investments are located throughout the Cherokee Nation Reservation and span from community centers to health care facilities and from Head Start centers to a new public safety building for emergency operations.