Stanwood Community Center seeks support in plans to open next year

STANWOOD — The Stanwood Community Center board of directors now has a timeline set to open the center, and they need the community’s support to get there.

The group leading efforts to raise money for and build a community center would like to see a pole barn up on land the group owns by next year. The center, which would provide activities for youth and senior citizens in the Morley-Stanwood area, will be located on Front Street near the Woods Free Methodist Church in Stanwood.

“We have to get all of our building permits,” said board member Shannon Kelley. “We’re trying to get enough approved to at least put up a small building to get us started.”

The group is working with Mecosta Township to address zoning issues and get permits. Once they have a site plan, they will be able to predict the cost of opening the center. For now, Kelley estimates at least $100,000 is needed to construct the center. About $11,000 has been raised so far.

Several upcoming events are planned to continue raising money for the community center. They are:

  • Friday, Nov. 15 — From 6 to 9 p.m., a glow party at the Big Rapids Roller Rink will support the Stanwood Community Center. Admission and skate rental is $5 for the blacklight roller skating event.
  • Nov. 19 — The Stanwood Community Center will participate in the Mecosta County Community Foundation’s Match Day event.
  • Dec. 3 and 17 — From 6 to 8 p.m. on both days, the community center group will host open gym time at Stanwood Elementary School. There is no cost for admission, and donations will be accepted.

Stanwood Community Center supporters also plan to set up informational tables at Morley Stanwood High School basketball games to raise awareness of their project and gain feedback on what people would like to see at the community center.

“Hopefully we’ll get some information from the community from that,” Kelley said.

For more information on the community center plans and how to get involved, visit stanwoodcommunitycenter.org or contact Shannon Kelley at (231) 580-1935.

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