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Jennie's Journey

New community center in Grandview an asset

The city of Grandview is currently in the process of building its new community center. City leaders believe it will be an asset.

Indeed it can be and plans underway point to it being something to which community members can hold their heads high.

I remember when the city of Sunnyside was excited about its community center, too. The parks and recreation director moved into the building and it was used as it was intended until the city cut funding for parks and recreation programs. Its closure was a great loss to the community.

Now that it's been reopened, I only wish more community members would take advantage of using the facility.

I don't believe Grandview will ever cut parks and recreation funding, so I think that community's center will remain a busy place.

What's different, also, is that senior programs will take place in the Grandview community center, whereas Sunnyside has its own senior center.

The plans in Grandview to house programs for youth at the community center are also good since there are many parks and recreation programs that take place inside schools or at other facilities.

I like that all these programs, like Star Gaze held in May, will have a permanent home in Grandview.

I also like the fact that the city is working with a nearby property owner to develop a pathway leading from the schools to Forsell Road, giving citizens and youngsters ease of access to Wallace Way on which the community center is being built. There are numerous children who may take advantage of parks and recreation programs after school if they can easily get to the community center.

They do, indeed, need to take advantage of programs provided by the parks and recreation department if the community center is to remain a worthwhile investment.

The community center is set to open next spring and I know my children are looking forward to participating in activities there.

I am sure those who participate in the largely popular programs like Zumba classes, too, will enjoy the new facility.

This is a great time to live in Grandview. The downtown core looks appealing and the city has wisely invested in a facility that is certain to attract attention.

Oh, how I look forward to next spring.

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