Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "It Takes a Village":
My son loved the Nemarket
centre when he was in
his early teens. The skateboard park, the gym, the lounge and computers were
favorites of his. The centre was always busy and well run. The area was perfect
as there was little residential around and ample parking. I would like to know
just what age group the Aurora centre is based on. And what gender. It can't be
everything to everybody. Pre-teens to young teens need somewhere for dances,
activities and yes, some kind of gym for exercise. When we were kids, the high
schools use to open up for Thursday and Friday night open gym and the school
cafeterias would have bands playing or a d.j. It was a cheap and easy solution
and we loved it. Hundreds of kids would attend. Why couldn't the town try
something like this first before committing to a facility that will cost a ton
to build? Much cheaper to hire staff to work those evenings at a school, like
the Newmarket dances.
There has been months of study. Teens have had a say.
Current programs have been examined and problems noted.
Location options are proposed. Councillors must make a choice.
I am not thrilled with any of the choices.
The onus is upon me to state my reasons.
We do use high school facilities. Sometimes a program gets cancelled because the school needs come first.How ofen soes that happen. Often enough to cancel the program?
The library offers movie nights with pizza on a regular basis.
Leisure services organises special events. Participation is excellent
The number of activities organised are impressive and too long to list here.
I worry less about students. Schools offer programs. Homework has to be done. They have part-time jobs They may even have a cottage and whole families devoted to ensuring they are safe, secure and occupied.
I worry about the age group between thirteen and eighteen who are not so fortunate and may need timely help. I think a space that allows them to occupy time with pursuits that provide for catch-up as well as fun is needed. I think the place has to be more than walls and a roof. It has to be a place where people care.
Not necessarily sports but not necessarily not.
It's a kernel of an idea. I'm sure my colleagues and residents could help it to grow. .
A decision on the surplus buildings on Victoria Street must be made.
The best use of the vacant space must be determined.
Churches in the vicinity are heavily involved in social programs.
My interest lies in determining where the gaps are and filling them.
I think there's a need for something we are not providing.
I think the town should use development charges to build a skate board park. If only to protect properties currently being used for that purpose
Of course, it is always possible nobody else shares my concerns.
We need to hear from the police, churches, service clubs and parents at their wit's end. All the people whose mission it is to identify needs not so obvious among the comfortable majority.
Before we make a 2 million dollar investment elsewhere, we need to be absolutely sure it is the right need. .