New Haven to create a community center – finally

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) Nearly three decades in the making, a new community center will finally rise in New Haven, the city announced.

The City of New Haven and the New Haven-Adams Township Parks Department this week announced the acquisition of land and planned development of the city’s first Community Center. The center will be located at 7500 S.R. 930 East in New Haven, where the the former Marine Corp. League sat.

The new facility will be located on more than 12 acres of land, and the building itself is more than 16,500 square feet.

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald said the city’s park board has worked for more than 25 years to determine the need for a community center in his city. The time, it appears, is now.

“The studies have demonstrated that the residents desire a Community Center that will provide for comprehensive and diversified programming all year,” said McDonald. “A larger facility such a Community Center would open opportunities for programming across all age demographics. A larger facility will also add to content equity. In other words, having a little something for everyone, and that’s exactly what this facility offers.”

The city said the community center would include:

  • Cardio Exercise Room
  • Child Watch
  • Dance Room
  • Food Area w/Kitchen
  • Gymnasium
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Reception/Rental Room
  • Senior Activity Area
  • Teen Game Area
  • Walking/Jogging Track
  • Weight Room
  • Wireless Internet

The Community Center will also provide after-school educational, tutoring and mentoring opportunities between senior citizens and young people, officials said.

All told, the new center will serve to enhance the city’s quality of place, aid in economic development and promote partnerships with local businesses, city officials said.

“This is a great day in New Haven,” said Mike Clendenen, the director of the New Haven/Adams Township Parks. “In order to expand the Parks Department program, it was necessary to offer a Community Center that allows us to offer a variety of programs and amenities to the public.”

The parks department plans to move into the new facility later this year, with renovations and programming to begin in 2016.

 

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