The Meadows Park Community Center will celebrate the grand opening of its second satellite facility on Thursday, September 27 from 3 – 6 p.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 4:15 p.m. at the new center located at 923 Arcturus Drive, 80906.
The new center, called Elevate, will provide youth programs, health and wellness and public safety workshops, civic engagement and a food pantry. The center is made possible through a partnership between the City of Colorado Springs, Broadmoor Community Church, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.
Meadows Park Community Center began working with Broadmoor Community Church to keep its original center open when City funding was reduced in 2008. Since then, the center has continued to thrive and added its first satellite facility in the Stratmoor Hills neighborhood in February 2011. All three centers offer an array of programs and activities for preschoolers through senior citizens, delivering many of them through uniquely successful partnerships with other community agencies.
“This project is a shining example of what is possible when the local community answers the call to action and works hand-in-hand with the local government as equal partners to address issues, provide access to services and to create opportunities and quality experiences for its residents,” says Brian Kates, Meadows Park Facility Director.
Quick Facts about the Elevate
· The facility at 923 Arcturus Drive has been leased for one year, with finances provided from the community (no city dollars). Utility cost, estimated at $1,000/year, will be paid by Meadows Park Community Center.
· The City will provide some coordination of effort, including working with the school district, local businesses, non-profit agencies and faith-based community to help determine local wants and needs, and to assist in bringing those online.
· While the city is a stakeholder and provides much of the coordination, previously mentioned groups are equal partners who contribute in myriad ways, i.e. financial underwriting, volunteer support, and direct service providers.
· Elevate is both a physical space and an effort. Services are intended to extend outside of 923 Arcturus. Examples include services brought to a local elementary school who may request after school programming, or public safety workshops that may be brought into D12 schools during off-peak hours.