Meadows Park Community Center
From little acorns grow mighty oaks. When a summer youth recreation program began to outgrow its headquarters in a arranged in the southwest Stratton Meadows neighborhood in the early 1980s, space was made available in a nearby shopping center.
Thus was born the Meadows Park Community Center. Residents' growing concerns about gangs and uninvolved teenagers in the area led to further expansion of the center. Meadows Park acquired all of the shopping center space and opened a completely renovated community center in 1987.
In 1992, the Meadows Park Community Center accepted another community challenge by implementing a large-scale teen program. In this same spirit, space was leased in a shopping center within the nearby Stratmoor Hills neighborhood and, in May 2011 a satellite facility was opened. Introductory services include a weekly food pantry and adult field trips.
Meadows Park Community Center has become a strong focal point for the neighborhood, dedicating itself to serving the community in a safe and healthy environment while providing free and affordable programs and resources for everyone. Here, dreams are nurtured, goals are set and achieved, and friendships formed all the while engendering a growing sense of community pride and accomplishment. Like its community center counterparts, Meadows Park offers an array of programs and activities for preschoolers through senior citizens, delivering many of them through uniquely successful partnerships with other community agencies.
Colorado Springs Community Centers:
Located in areas impacted by marginalized socioeconomic conditions, Colorado Springs Community Centers strives to effectively develop creative solutions to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Unique partnerships between neighborhood associations, churches, schools, non-profit agencies, private businesses, and military installations allows the Colorado Springs Community Centers to create a 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
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 to 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.