Thanks to a $1 million District grant, residents living in Oakland, Fla., neighboring communities and visitors to west Orange County have a vibrant, new place to take part in programs and activities to improve their overall health.

The Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland, located at the corner of N. Tubb Street and the West Orange Trail—adjacent to Oakland’s town hall—is now welcoming guests on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited hours and visitor capacities are in effect as a health and safety precaution.

“We’re so thrilled to welcome visitors to the much-anticipated Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland,” said Kathy Stark, mayor of Oakland. “The Town is excited to share our rich history and love of the arts with the community, as we invite guests to step inside and learn about what makes Oakland such a special place.  We are very grateful for the support and trust of the District.”

“This beautiful new center will become an important part of life in Oakland, and will help us amplify our work in the community,” said West Orange Healthcare District Board Chair Rod Talbot.

“The District launched the Healthy West Orange movement five years ago to engage directly with those who live and work here, promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging people to eat well and stay active. Through our partnership with the Town of Oakland, the new center will become a vibrant hub for health and wellness, and a new way for us to reach and motivate District residents.”

In the months to come, the Center will host health and wellness programming both inside and outside the center, including a robust calendar of fitness classes, nutrition programs and special community events.