City of Atlanta to Rename Adamsville Natatorium in honor of Councilman C.T....

City of Atlanta to Rename Adamsville Natatorium in honor of Councilman C.T. Martin


As a tribute to his many decades of service, Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council will honor District 10 Councilmember C.T. Martin at 10:00am on December 29th with the unveiling ceremony of the renaming of Adamsville Recreation Center to the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center. It is a lasting legacy to the years of service Martin rendered to the community. When the $22 million-dollar facility was erected in the early 2000’s, the councilman originally sought a place in the community for youth to swim. But the need to serve a multitude of demographics and wishes resulted in it becoming a multi-purpose facility hosting a 50-meter swimming pool, gymnasium, racquet ball courts, a walking trail, offices, meeting space and a parking lot accommodating close to 200 vehicles. The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District will be one of the many featured speakers on hand to provide remarks on the achievements of a 26-year career .“I can’t imagine a more deserving person who has represented this community admirably for nearly 30 years,” said Post 1 At-Large Councilmember Michael Julian Bond. “Councilmember Martin is truly an indelible part of the Adamsville community and someone who has spent his entire life in service to others and his heart and soul in putting citizens in a better place.”

Public safety and economic stimulus were priorities for Martin while serving on council. He spearheaded a historic first for the 10th District; an initiative to unleash economic power in the community with the creation of the M. L. King Jr. Drive Merchants Association. The organization is still in existence today and its members will be on hand to honor him. A longtime activist for development, Martin fought to include the designation of the M. L. King Jr. Drive corridor in a master redevelopment plan for the city’s south side. He assisted with the opening of a mini police precinct in the Martin Luther King/Adamsville community and organized District 10’s “Citizens on Patrol.”  A father of four, Martin spent his council career championing programs that benefitted Atlanta’s youth establishing ‘Youthfest’ in 1991 and the city’s first Youth Commission to strengthen communication between adults and children. He chaired several committees while serving on the Atlanta City Council, including public safety, human resources and transportation.

In 1990, Clarence “C.T.” Martin, a community activist and education advocate, won a seat on Atlanta’s city council in a special election representing southwest Atlanta. It basically went unnoticed in a community many observers believed had already seen its heyday. But Martin’s tenure in office and multiple accomplishments changed that perception. Twenty-five years earlier, the area had undergone desegregation and white flight of residents who left fearing doom. Instead, the subsequent years produced the city’s first black mayor, a US Congressman/UN Ambassador and a majority black high school with a nationally ranked football team that won state championships in football and basketball, producing a record number of athletic scholarships to college. Martin is a board member of the Another Way Out, Inc. and chairman of the City of Atlanta Employee Credit Union Board. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master’s of Science degree in Social Work from Atlanta University.

More details on Councilman C.T. Martin can be found in the attached career profile. Please see below for details on the unveiling ceremony.

WHAT:  Unveiling Ceremony of the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center

(formerly Adamsville Recreation Center)

WHEN: Friday, December 29, 2017 – 10:00am

WHERE: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

 WHO: Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta City Council; other dignitaries and guest speakers