We need an affordable Community Recreation Center with a pool and fitness facility. This could also be used by the Parks and Recc. Program and could even be used for Summer Camps, Conference Rooms for Community Meetings, Senior Citizen programs, etc. The facility could also used for Mental Health Wellness and stress management. There are many grants available for Community Health and Wellness that could help offset the cost.

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Parks Recreation and Tourism Department admin almost 2 years ago

Thank you for your input. I apologize for the delayed response. We have heard similar comments for years and recognize that many citizens would like for Gloucester to have a community center. It is a very expensive venture and will require broad community support for it to move forward. Please follow the budget process in early 2016 as we are including a community center in our 5 year capital improvement plan. We are currently reviewing costs and hope to conduct a public survey in the next few months to gather more information on what the public would like and how willing they are to pay for it. This is not our first attempt of trying to get a community center, but with enough support from the public, it will happen. If you are interested in finding out more information and helping with our efforts, I suggest that you contact our office and provide your name and email address. We will be forming an email group to spread the word and solicit volunteer support. You can reach us by phone (693-2355) or email (prt@gloucesterva.info).

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Nelson Moore almost 2 years ago

PR & T: What success have you thus far had with developing a public-private partnership to build a community center?

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Parks Recreation and Tourism Department admin almost 2 years ago

We are currently working with others to assess what we have and what is needed. For example, a meeting will be held in the next few weeks for representatives of all sports groups using indoor or outdoor space - schools, parks and private property. We want to better understand the needs and discuss the possibility of how we can work even closer than we currently do. There may be possibilities to utilize space better, make small improvements that benefit many, etc.

In addition, we hope to conduct a community assessment that will ask citizens what they needs, want and are willing to pay for. A Request for Proposal for firms that conduct statistically valid surveys has been written and will be going out this week - I hope.

We are also continuing our Facility Use Committee meetings. That group has a subcommittee exploring the idea for a new community center, improvements to T.C. Walker for additional community use and other ideas. The committee includes members from various community groups as well as county and school staff. The results of the upcoming survey will provide great direction to help identify ways partnerships can work best in Gloucester. I hope to have a lot more information in early 2016. Thank you for checking in and asking.

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The Bartman almost 2 years ago

A rec center would be an outstanding idea for our County..

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Steve Bell over 1 year ago

Make sure it has a pool. Kids have no way to learn or practice unless they are members of Riverside, which is too expensive, or private marinas. Let's catch up with the 1960's.

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Kenny Hogge Sr over 1 year ago

The school system is in need of substantial funding to transport, educate and safeguard Gloucester's children. A lot of the County's infrastructure is in serious need of funding due to years of neglect. Our jail is in need of serious funding. We need to build two new libraries so taxpayer money is not thrown away in rent. Now we are spending money to contemplate spending more money to build more parks and recreation facilities. This is fiscally irresponsible for numerous reasons.

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Don Mitchell over 1 year ago

This is an idea which proposes expending significant money for an unnecessary facility. There is, in fact, no need for such a facility. This county operates on a thin financial existence with a substantial portion of the population receiving government-funded benefits and senior citizens on fixed incomes are the most rapidly growing portion of the county's demography. People need to determine the difference between "needs" and wants. Such a community center is a "want" and not needed by the majority of the county's taxpayers. As Mr. Hogge suggests above there are other, more worthy uses for our limited county budget.

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Chuck Thompson 11 months ago

Late chime in. We already have these facilities here in Gloucester. Surprised most have not heard of them. There is a pool at the hospital as well as a fitness center. You do not have to be incapacitated to join. It's open to the public and anyone can become a member for a fee. There are also all the private fitness centers around Gloucester that do not make any money because no one really wants them despite saying they do.

Track fields? We have parks that have plenty of areas to run in. Try one of those. Walking? Same thing. Everyone wants. It's already here. No one knows it? Amazing.

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Angus Garner 11 months ago

I believe the old Page Middle school would be a perfect site to build something. A running track would be great as well.

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Nelson Moore 10 months ago

A community center is not as difficult to fund and build as local government says it is. Major donors who would enter into donor matches with government grants are waiting to be called upon. This is EASY for entrepreneurs in business to figure out how to accomplish; not so easy with government careerists.

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Kenny Hogge Sr 10 months ago

Nelson Moore, once the facilities are built; how will operations, utilities, employees, maintenance, etc. be paid for? Also, if there are so many donors ready to match government grants (grants are still tax money) and there are so many smart business entrepreneurs capable of building, operating and maintaining community recreation facilities; why are you and others wanting our local government to do all of that?

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Nelson Moore 10 months ago

Not me. Sorry. I would prefer a private-public partnership. If the building is $10M, you raise $12M and the 2M becomes the foundation for government to match at even a 1 to 3, plus membership fees though modes those might be. This is not hard to do.

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Don Mitchell 10 months ago

What government are you suggesting should provide the 1/3rd match. Gloucester doesn't have it and the AFFH would be destroy the community if it comes from the feds (which is still our money just with more siphoned off for bureaucrats). It's still a luxury which the county and most of our taxpayers don't need.

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Nelson Moore 10 months ago

Then I guess that without considering something like what I suggested, Gloucester County citizens and the children go without a community center.

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Don Mitchell 10 months ago

Gee, Nelson, you finally found the right solution.

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Kenny Hogge Sr 10 months ago

I grew up here and returned to retire without a government involved community center and so did many other children and adults. I think we turned out just fine. Just another form of government subsidized daycare at taxpayers expense.

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Rosemary Owens 8 months ago

Don't forget that we do have a Girls and Boys club and a YMCA to utilize. I agree that we can use the parks for "recreation". The Whitcomb lodge is a great place for meetings. We've used it several times. Please don't waste money on unneeded buildings that will not be utilized by the majority of the tax payers. I know for a fact that I will not use a community center on a regular basis because I have all the other facilities mentioned to use.

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Ann Burruss 8 months ago

A public-private partnership is the best way to go. The citizens of this community do not need to be stuck in the 50's mode. The wellness center pool is NOT large enough to accommodate everyone who could benefit from this. We are a water community. Every child in Gloucester should have the opportunity to learn to swim and to be safe in and on the water. Eight years old is the optimum age for these skills; the school system could accommodate this with a pool! We support many other athletic activities, but do not support a swim team/club. How about a referendum in the next election year?

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Kenny Hogge Sr 8 months ago

Good luck with a referendum on this one....................

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Ann Burruss 3 months ago

All surveys indicate that there IS a need for such a facility. It is now in the 5 year CIP proposal. Let's move forward. I am interested in what may be available to great grandchildren in this County. There library community room is taxed to the limit for use! If you have ever attended the Resource Council meetings, you will see that there are people standing - gue to space for sitting constraints. Parks, Recreation and Tourism need larger facilities. For decades, we have built facilities that end up being too small. We need to look to the future and have a xommunity facility that will accommodate large groups. Right now, there is none.

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Kenny Hogge Sr 3 months ago

Fix our infrastructure................

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Kat He 22 days ago

I'm with you, Ken, FIX our broken infrastructure!!! The old water pipes and sewer pipes on my street, right here in town, are so old they are breaking yearly. The sewer pipes have been pumped out 4 days in a row AGAIN this week. This has been going on every year, just in the 13 years that I've lived on the street!!!

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