W’field needs new community centre because old one is falling down


by admin on May 27, 2009

The Editor,

RE: “Not everyone wants Wakefield Community Centre”, Letter, May 20 edition

In our efforts to provide decent spaces for the people to play, create and live a beautiful life, we tried to improve the existing resources of the Recreation Association building over the years.  But we hit the wall.

Our actual building is about to fall down. It has not withstood the test of time. The aging plumbing and electrical systems, the foundation cracks (two to three inches of water throughout the basement every spring), the roof leaks, the broken siding, the rotten structure all made us believe that to achieve our goals, we needed to invest in a new community centre.

Surrounding the building, a skate park that is not one, really – light post that looks like the Pisa tower, a mini soccer field, a too-small leased trailer for the youths, and at times, garbage left behind.

Ahead, we see a brand new kiddy park, which we will inaugurate officially in June.  We hope for a bigger soccer field, a regular size skate park, clean and safe access to the surrounding trails, beautiful gardens, a normal size building, big enough to accommodate rooms to exercise, hold meetings, attend plays and concerts. With the space around our community centre, we could host festivals and special events.  Local businesses will gain from this.

Finally, within the building, I see a beautiful “countryish” style library, which will never try to imitate our bigger city libraries.  The Youth Centre, The Recreation Association, The Library and Theatre Wakefield have already agreed to work hand in hand (they formed the Co-op) to make this project a success… for all the right reasons.

So can we have a new community centre please?

Patrick Poitras

President, Wakefield Recreation Association