In response to the letter regarding the Wakefield Community Centre, (“Wakefield Community Centre a total stinker,” Aug. 21 edition) where do I begin?
I think it’s probably best to just stick to the present reality and the facts.
First and foremost, the centre is owned and run by a co-operative with over 1,400 lifetime members. The co-operative (not tax dollars) pays the bills to operate and maintain the centre through the programs and activities it provides to the community.
We have achieved a lot since opening in November 2011, and have a lot more to do and to learn. We welcome constructive feedback, whether it is given in person, by phone, or email. Oftentimes, there are misunderstandings or misconceptions that could be cleared up if a person took the time to ask a question.
Take parking for example.
There is no exclusive parking at the centre except for the three designated handicapped parking spaces. We encourage people to park in the area near the skating rink to free up more space in the lot closest to the main entrance for elderly and less able-bodied people, especially during busy times – for instance, when there is an event at the centre, when the library is open, or when there’s a soccer game at the field.
It is a matter of courtesy and respect. Isn’t everything?
Gwen Shea, General Manager, Wakefield Community Centre