Community support for rec center is strong

Denny Bowman started off the discussion at the public meeting to discuss the rec center. In addition to 70 or so community members, the meeting was also attended the city council and administration, David Stone from Stone Planning, and Nick Zimmer with the American City Bureau. Photo by Kacey Ginn

Longtime Clarion resident Denny Bowman says that the need for a recreation center in town is an ongoing discussion. Over his time here, there have been no fewer than five attempts to start planning a rec center project.

“We’ve never been able to pull it off,” Bowman said.

But if the June 19 public meeting is any indication, that may soon change. Close to 70 community members, plus the city council and some guest speakers, attended the meeting at the Clarion Public Library, which was held to inform the community of progress made in planning so far, and to determine if there was enough support to move forward with a feasibility study for the project.

Though there were many questions about what the feasibility study would accomplish, and the process of funding the center, the prevailing feeling of the group was that it was time to act on the desire for a rec center in the community.

“Let’s stop thinking about it. Let’s do it,” said Kim Disney.


For the full story, see the June 28 edition of the Monitor.