Turning Tragedy into Triumph:
The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex came about as the result of a tragedy in east Austin. In 1992 late one evening, a group of teens were laughing and talking on an east Austin street corner when a passing car slowed and shots shattered the night. Sixteen year old Tamika Ross lay dead on the sidewalk. The idea for the facility came from a group of young people led by Jenniffer Muhammad and Michael Bryant who wanted to give the youth of Austin a safe place to "hang out". The project was launched by former Austin City Council Member Dr. Charles Urdy and a funding plan was developed under the guidance of former Austin City Council Member Eric Mitchell. The project was guided by local Austin grass roots activists, such as Larry Jackson and the late Dorothy Turner as well as an appointed City of Austin Board, one of whose members Juan Cotera, a fervent peace activist, was killed in 1996.
Originally named the Central City Entertainment Center, this 55,000 square foot facility held its Grand Opening on June 18, 1999. Following a citywide contest, the facility was renamed the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex by Stephanie Pena, an East Austin resident to symbolize the turn of the century and new beginnings. Gerrell "Gi Gi" Jones, an east Austin resident and supporter of the efforts entered a logo contest which his design of two diverse people embracing was unanimously selected as the logo for the Complex because of his message of peace. The Millennium was built on the former site of the Rosewood Shopping Center in East Austin as a fun, exciting and safe place for Austin's young people. The Complex offers indoor youth, adult, family and community oriented entertainment activities. Within the Complex is a 154-seat movie theater, a 16-lane bowling alley, video arcade, (2) food courts, and a roller skating rink. In addition to serving as a great place for youth, adults and families to skate, bowl, play video games, and have birthday parties, the Millennium also hosts special events, job fairs, private receptions, parties and community events.
The Millennium is owned by the City of Austin, governed by the Austin Rosewood Community Development Corporation (ARCDC) and managed by SMG World, one of the largest entertainment facility management companies in the world.
The Millennium is dedicated to the memory of Tamika Ross and Juan Cotera
Rev. Frank Garrett*
Saboor A. Hameed
Rev. Sterling Lands II
Byron C. Marshall
Min. Cedric Muhammad
Dr. Charles Urdy
|Austin Rosewood Community Development Corporation (ARCDC)||Board Members: Karen Box, Timmie Bui, Diana Domericki, Akwasi Evans, Vera Givens, Sara Hensley, Angela Means, Michael Parks|
The Millennium Mission, as recorded, is to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable environment (free from drugs, gangs, crime, and violence) where families can enjoy a wide range of affordable, high quality recreational and entertainment activities and attractions.