Greens will soon have neighborhood center

December 20, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

Courtesy of the city of Westminster, residents of the Greens subdivision will soon have a new community center for meetings, aerobics classes and voting in city elections.

The community center, expected to open next month, adjoins the municipal swimming pool building on Stacy Lee Drive. It has a separate entrance and can be used when the pool is closed.

"They're doing a great job. We've been watching the construction," said John Kaylor, president of the Greens homeowners association. "I think it fits in very well. They did a great job of matching it to the existing building."

Mr. Kaylor said he thinks the center will be "a great asset to us and to the city."

Westminster Recreation Department staff members already have had inquiries from an aerobics instructor who wants to conduct classes in the center, Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard reported.

Mr. Beyard said the city has installed recreation facilities costing $400,000 to $500,000 -- including the center -- in the Uniontown Road area in the past five years.

That includes major work at Jaycee Park -- lighting, a football field, basketball and tennis courts -- and tot lot equipment in the Greens and Whispering Meadows subdivisions.

The community center's 16-by-40-foot meeting room will seat 60 to 75 people for meetings. But the center's potential role as a polling place was one of the most important features to City Council members, Mr. Beyard said.

The council created a second city precinct to serve the growing population north of Route 31, but then had difficulty finding a suitable polling place for May's election.

Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren opened its doors for the election. But Mr. Beyard said some council members were concerned that the polling area lacked a restroom accessible to wheelchair users.

The community center cost $91,700. About half the cost, $48,750, came from the state's Program Open Space fund. County government contributed 9 percent, $8,125; the city, 38 percent, $34,825.

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