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 Imagine New Community Center

Read the  final report for the Conceptual Design Project!

 The Conceptual Design recommendation from the Community Advisory Committee was presented to a joint session of the Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissions on Tuesday November 5th and was then approved by City Council on Tuesday November 12th, 2019.

The Barrett Community Center, built in 1949, has served the Belmont Community for 70 years, first as an elementary school, then as a community center.  During its tenure as the Barrett Community Center, the site has provided a variety of wellness and enrichment programs for all ages, a home for artists, licensed childcare for preschoolers, after school and summer programs for school-aged children.  Outdoor spaces include an athletic field for youth sports, a pilot program for dogs off-leash, and playground and picnic areas. 

The community has participated in two rounds of surveys; first about indoor and outdoor spaces and activities to be included and then to provide feedback about preliminary site options for a reimagined community center.  This information, as well as site-specific factors such as traffic impact, wind and sunlight patterns, demographic information, and availability of nearby existing or future recreational and community spaces were then integrated into site and program options.  These options were presented to the community via a second survey during the summer of 2019.  The findings from that outreach has driven the development of a conceptual design and cost model which are being presented to a joint Commission meeting on November 5th and City Council on November 12th.  

A Community Advisory Committee, comprised of community leaders, representatives of key user groups, and Belmont resident members-at-large have met regularly to review, challenge, and vet the iterative process that has advanced this project this year. 

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Last updated: 2/28/2020

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