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New poll: Does Prairie Village need its own community center?
With a unanimous vote Monday, the Prairie Village City Council ended speculation about whether residents could expect construction of a huge natatorium and community center on the municipal grounds anytime soon.
A consultant’s report had identified a $45 million structure with a competitive swimming facility as the option that would best differentiate a Prairie Village center from those already available in neighboring communities. But the City Council found that, without major financial support from potential partners like Johnson County Parks and Recreation or the Shawnee Mission School District, such a facility was financially unfeasible.
In the wake of that decision, we’re wondering whether Prairie Village residents think there is still demand for a center — either privately or publicly developed — for non-swimming uses, like workout facilities and meeting spaces. (A survey sent to city residents in 2009 as part of the Parks Master Plan found two-thirds of residents supported the development of such a facility).
Does Prairie Village need its own community center?
- Yes, but it shouldn't be developed by the city alone. The city should find a partner like the YMCA and work together to develop a new facility. (41%, 82 Votes)
- No, Prairie Village doesn't need its own center. Between the existing YMCA and the community centers in neighboring cities (Matt Ross in OP and Sylvester Powell in Mission), residents have options. (37%, 74 Votes)
- Yes, the city should pursue a community center even if it can't find a partner. (22%, 43 Votes)
Total Voters: 199
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