The Denver Recreation Center Task Force spent six months assessing the city’s recreation programs and facilities, and has suggested creation of a four-tier system of recreation center properties: …
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The Denver Recreation Center Task Force spent six months assessing the city’s recreation programs and facilities, and has suggested creation of a four-tier system of recreation center properties: Regional Centers (full-service facility with indoor aquatics, full fitness area, gym, etc.) open seven days a week; Local Centers (medium -sized, with or without aquatics) open five to six days each week; Neighborhood Centers (focus on youth programs) open five days a week; and the least defined of the categories, Community Centers.
Under the latter category, Denver would continue to own and maintain the facilities, but would contract with outside “community partners” to deliver programs and staffing. It is the city’s intention to “promote community ‘ownership’ of facilities, while the City continues to be an active partner.”
Dody Erickson, acting Deputy Manager of Recreation & Facilities Services, told The Profile that plans call for the Harvard Gulch and Washington Park centers to absorb the programs currently offered at Platt Park, with Harvard Gulch handling the bulk of the shift. It is not immediately clear how such offerings as cooking classes and the popular weekly dances would be accommodated at the new site.
Erickson also stated that Parks and Recreation “does not anticipate any layoffs” as a result of the reorganization. “We’ll be increasing the hours at a number of facilities, and will need to increase staffing accordingly.” Also part of the Task Force recommendations is an increase in recreation fees for Adults, Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities. “Fees will be based according to the amenities offered at the centers,” said Erickson.
It is expected that Regional Centers will charge more than the Local Centers, with the Neighborhood Centers at the bottom of the fee structure. Children will pay between $3 and $5 per year. Following is the proposed reorganization of Recreation Center assets:
A series of meetings are planned to take community input on the proposed reorganization. All meetings are scheduled from 7p.m. to 8:30p.m. Feb. 3
For more information, contact Jill McGranahan, 720-913-0633.
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