Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Community center hot topic in Basehor

March 24, 2005

Basehor residents are rallying behind a cause they hope will lead to the city's first-ever community center and have organized a group, the Friends of the Basehor Community Center, to help that vision become a reality.

During a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 28 at the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars post, the group will organize a committee to promote and implement a plan to build a community center.

Earlier this month, the Basehor City Council met with members of the Basehor Historical Society to discuss entering into a private-public partnership to build a community center.

Though many details surrounding the possible partnership are undetermined at this point, including whether the city will approve moving forward with the project, the proposal discussed earlier this month would essentially partner the city with an existing Historical Society museum and conference center project slated to be located on 11 acres at the corner of 158th Street and Parallel Road.

How far-fetched a community center project is for Basehor is open to conjecture. During the initial talks between city and historical society representatives, Basehor PRIDE president George Smith said towns like Burns, population of approximately 250 residents, have been creative in finding ways to build first-rate community centers.

Burns built its community center by acquiring grant money to pay for the materials and providing volunteer labor for construction. Burns could provide the city with a useful blueprint in building a community center of its own, Smith told city officials.

On March 28, members of the community center organization will hear a first-hand account of how Burns built its center. Carolyn Koehn, project coordinator for the Burns Community Center, will speak to the group about the city's dealings in building its community center.

Photos of the Burns Community Center will be on display during the meeting.

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