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 neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. 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.