For the last several years, including throughout the strategic planning and comprehensive planning processes, discussion of a community center has been ongoing and precedes our current Comprehensive Planning process. When polled, 83% of Task Force members think such a facility would be best located where much of Smithville’s current social infrastructure already exists – in the Hospital Bluff Character area. As a general rule, it takes a population of at least 20,000 to support the cost and maintenance of a new community or recreation center. (Smithville’s current population is about 10,000 with an expected population increase to around 15,000 by 2030.) Many communities without community rec centers use their school gyms and pools or places of worship as public recreation amenities during non-school or religious service hours. Often Libraries serve as community hubs for community programing and meeting places. What are your ideas for how Smithville can address this community need in an affordable manner?
“Do you think the City of Smithville should take on the construction of a community or recreation center, or are there alternatives that could achieve a similar effect?”
Taskforce Survey Result
QUESTION: Given price tag and community size – how important do you REALLY think additional costs to build and maintain recreation amenities (such as pools / indoor recreation) are?
ANSWER: 23% of Task Force respondents think it is critical to do this, 41% think it would be great to have but not urgent, and 23% think they would not be needed within the next 10 years.