Join your neighbors for the grand opening of Como Community Center at 10 a.m. Feb. 15. The new center is at 4660 Horne St., just down the street from the former location.
Facility tours will be available to the public after the ribbon cutting.
For the last month, community center users have been settling in to their now location, and so far the reviews are over the top. Some comments from members of the Como Leaders Council who have checked out the facility:
- “The lion on the wall behind the front desk represents our past and the days when we had our own community high school. It was a place of pride.”
- “This location is hallowed ground dating back to the 1960s.”
- “We now have an exercise room that is as good as the professional ones.”
- “It provides outlets for all our community residents, from the youngest to the oldest.”
- “There is a community feeling that we are coming back home. It is bringing excitement to our community.”
Brian Byrd, District 3 councilmember, said the center will be “a fixture of service and a shining light for years to come. I am excited to see the beautiful new community center be a part of and enhance the wonderful families, neighborhood and culture in Como.”
About the new Como Community Center
The new structure replaces one built in 1970. Como’s new building includes a full gymnasium, a dedicated fitness area, multiple lounges and gaming areas for youth and seniors, a library, a full-size teaching kitchen, and several multipurpose areas that will be used for the center’s robust After School Program.
The facility will also feature a dedicated wing for senior citizens, located close to the parking lot for ease of access. Seniors at the center will enjoy their own kitchenette, game room, activity room and restrooms, all in a separate wing from where the center’s youth programs will take place.
The new facility will also offer expanded space for the Community Action Partners (CAP) program, which provides services to economically-disadvantaged individuals, families and the elderly. CAP programs help to ease financial burdens, teach individuals to become financially independent and reduce reliance on social services.
Some of the touches that make the center special include raised gardens and an inclusive sensory playground. A large work of public art by Adam Neese includes a glass sculpture over the front porch that features silhouettes of current Como residents, juxtaposed against translucent text from The Lake Como Weekly that creates a unique blending of the neighborhood’s past, present and future.
Funding for the new Como Community Center was provided by the 2014 Bond Program.
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