Dennis takes a gander at a town community center

Feasibility study committee at work, survey available online

The Town of Dennis is looking into the likelihood of building a community center.  At the Annual Town Meeting in 2011, voters gave the town the nod to begin a feasibility study into renovating or building a new multipurpose community center.

A Feasibility Study Committee made up of nine residents was assembled. The committee reviewed the needs of the town in the way of council on aging and recreation programming and possible sites. A architectural consultant was also brought in to assist the committee.

The committee reviewed three possible locations for a new community center according to the town. Those spots are all in the South Dennis area: Johnny Kelley Park on Bob Crowell Road, the old DPW building near the Dennis Police Department on Bob Crowell Road and the current Dennis Council on Aging building at the intersection of Route 134 and Setucket Road. The Johnny Kelley location would require removal of a playing field and the other two locations would require demolition of the buildings currently on site.

A community center, according to the committee is defined as a place for all residents. It would be accessible for all ages and types of town-run programs.

To determine the needs of the residents of Dennis, the town has posted an online survey regarding the future of a community center. The short survey poses several questions for participants including where they would like to see a future community center, if they currently use town facilities and what types of events they would like to see made available at an all inclusive center.

The survey is anonymous, but those who participate have the option of entering their name and email address to receive updates about the proposed project. Access the survey here.

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