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Community input needed in planning for Grandview Community Center

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is seeking input from the community in devising plans for a community center, according to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter.

He said his department has been busy receiving feedback from potential community partners, including the American Legion, Grandview senior citizens, Washington State Migrant Council, Grandview United, the National Guard Armory and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

"We want programs and features that fit the needs of the community," said Carpenter.

The city is currently in the process of securing a Community Development Block Grant. A requirement of that grant is formulating purposes and functions of the community center for which the grant funding would be utilized.

Carpenter said the grant funding combined with the $360,000 secured from the sale of the Carl L. Stevens Senior Center will be used to build a new facility the public can access.

In addition to communicating with community partners, the city has made available a survey for the citizens of Grandview. That survey addresses the public's preferences for various features and programs they would like to see provided by the city.

The survey is available on the city's website (www.grandview.wa.us) or at the parks and recreation office. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Surveys are to be completed no later than Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Another requirement for the Community Development Block Grant is that the city holds a public hearing. That hearing will be held Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Grandview City Council chambers.

"We value input from the entire community and want to develop a center that will serve the needs of our community, as well as serve in fulfilling our obligations to community organizations," Carpenter commented.

He explained the community center will be built at Grandview's Country Park for a variety of reasons. Those reasons include complementing the existing facilities already located there, and the ability to expand the community center if the need arises.

"We are excited and our main job is to make sure we have a center that is reflective of the community, adding opportunities," Carpenter said.

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