Westside Community Center Update: The timeline for determining a new operator for the Westside Community Center has been extended to June 30, 2021, as discussions continue with the recommended respondent. By that date, the RFP process should be concluded, pending further delays, and an award announcement can be made. At this time, Woodmen Valley Chapel will continue to operate the center through the end of 2021.
As background, the contracted operator of the Westside Community Center, The Center for Strategic Ministry, gave notice in November 2019 to the Parks Department that it was not interested in renewing its agreement past 2021. Per established procurement guidelines, the City undertook an RFP process to determine the future use and operation of the site. As stated in the RFP, the City's goals include:
- To secure a financially stable entity that will effectively manage, operate and maintain the Westside Community Center;
- To have the Westside Community Center support and foster activities that will provide beneficial services to the Westside neighborhood as well as the community as a whole; and
- To reduce the level of maintenance and capital demands upon the City by including a viable capital improvement program for the facility.
The proposals received were evaluated by a team of individuals representing multiple facets of the community. This committee included residents from the west side community, as well as representatives from the Parks Advisory Board and the Parks Department.
About the Community Centers
Colorado Springs Community Centers includes four locations:
Located in areas impacted by marginalized socioeconomic conditions, each center strives to effectively develop creative solutions to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Unique partnerships between neighborhood associations, churches, schools, non-profit agencies, private businesses, and military installations allow the Colorado Springs Community Centers to create an unparalleled environment for learning, recreation, and personal growth. Additionally, the Community Centers provide comprehensive and integrated community-based services at a single site for youth, families, the elderly, and those with special needs.
All three sites provide productive outlets that focus on these SEVEN program areas:
- Early Childhood, Youth and Teens
- Health and Wellness
- Food Insecurity
- Medical Services
- Public Safety
- Community Building
As a whole the Colorado Springs Community Centers offer numerous programs and services; however, each community center offers an array of activities or amenities to keep all ages engaged throughout the year. One example is the "free" public water playground located at Deerfield Hills. From June-August, all ages are able to get soaked, splashed and sprayed at this staff-supervised spray ground.
Together these sites ensure that future generations have the chance to enjoy a place where dreams are nurtured, goals are achieved, and friendships are formed.
In the spring of 2010, the city of Colorado Springs invited non-profit organizations to partner with them in the operation of community centers. The Center for Strategic Ministry, a 501(c)(3) that serves as a supporting organization of Woodmen Valley Chapel, submitted a proposal to partner with the city and was awarded a management contract to operate the Westside Community Center.
Since then, the mission of the Westside Community Center has been to create community one person at a time through integrated and synergistic programs designed to serve the needs of the Westside neighborhood. Within any neighborhood, we recognize that there are many aspects of individuals’ personal lives that impact the quality of life for the entire community. Positive change can only be achieved through coordinated efforts among neighbors committed to enhancing the wellbeing of those around them.
To find out more, visit the Westside Community Center's website.