By Jack Ford

Staff Writer

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Naval Air Station Jacksonville Liberty Center is planned for July 26 at 11 a.m.

The center, which has been under renovations for nearly a year, has been temporarily operating out of the barracks since August 2016. 

Jaime Shugart is the Liberty Center's program manager. 

"It has had a giant facelift," said Shugart. "This building used to be a bank so it even had the old vault door. It is more modern and aesthetically pleasing now."

The renovated center has installed different technological upgrades.

These upgrades include USB chargers in all of the power outlets - with an increase in number of outlets, - several new flat screen TVs, a lit patio with surround sound, wireless headphones, many new headphones for the gaming consoles, and a water bottle station in the water fountain. 

The gaming room has seven TVs, six 50-inch screens and one 70-inch screen.

These TVs will have access to both an Xbox One and a PS4. 

Other amenities include pool tables, Ping-Pong, board games and a selection of books and movies.

Shugart said, "Everything has changed, we chose the carpet, the paint, the wood staining, and the tile. We also have a hands-free bathroom and even the walls are different - one wall used to be a giant window and another wall is completely new." 

Hours of operation will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For more information contact the Liberty Center at 542-1335.