June 22, 2018

Windham Town Council receives update on Community Center finalization plans by Colby Willis and Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Town Council met on Tuesday evening June 19th in the Council Chambers to discuss a variety of agenda items including an update on the Windham Community Center.

Pat Moody, Chair of the Ad Hoc Community Center Study Committee provided an update to the Council on the committee’s work since they last met with the Council on October 24, 2017. The update included further information regarding the development of the Windham Community Center concept.

The following points are some of the updates provided to the council:

Moody first gave a quick update on the community park (not to be confused with the community center). It will include volleyball beach courts and basketball courts, as well as walking paths around the park. It is their hope to break ground on the community park in the next few months. The location is at the skate park next to the public safety building.

In regard to the Windham Community Center update, Moody stated that the committee has spoken to three architectural planning firms to get estimates as to the possible costs involved.

He reported that Linda Brooks, Parks and Recreation Director, has just returned from Denver where she was researching community centers and recreational facilities there. Moody stated that it seems to be proven that community centers provide a safe gathering spot as well as provide local economic success.

The location of the center is one issue the committee is discussing. They believe the parcel of land between Routes 202 and 302 (by the rotary) would be the best spot for the community center. The fact that it is centrally located and near the schools contributes to this land as a top choice.

Moody also stated that recreation and other fees will be a source of funding for the center.
Upon completion of Moody’s report, the Council requested that the committee come back and provide them with the three quotes from the architectural firms, including the pros and cons of each quote.

For full details and other agenda items discussed, go to the town website at www.windhammaine.us. The meetings are also available to view on Facebook Live as well as recorded and broadcasted on Channel 7.

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