About the Community Centers
The City of Colorado Springs has four community centers. The Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park locations are run by the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department. The Westside center is operated by the Center for Strategic Ministry, a local nonprofit organization, under an agreement currently in place through May 31, 2022. The Westside Community Center is currently undergoing a public process to inform a viable long-term solution for the center.
A community center is where resources and needs come together to produce programs and services. Located in areas impacted by marginalized socioeconomic conditions, each center strives 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 allow the Colorado Springs community centers to create an unparalleled environment for learning, recreation, and personal growth. They provide comprehensive and integrated community-based services at a single site for youth, families, the elderly, and lifestyle improvements that are particularly important to people with special needs. Community centers are places of safety, and they serve to strengthen area neighborhoods.
These sites ensure that residents have the chance to enjoy a place where dreams are nurtured, goals are achieved, and friendships are formed. Traditionally, their operation has been supported by the City’s General Fund, with supplemental funding coming from fees, charges, donations and grants.
The general areas of service currently provided by the community centers are:
Adults and Senior Programs – Golden Circle Nutrition Program (meals provided through the Colorado Springs Housing Authority), older adult wellness programs, adult exercise classes, arts and crafts, practical skills classes. The City's Senior Center, operated by the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, also provides access to many of these programs.
Early Childhood and Daycare Programs – childcare, language and physical development, social enrichment, learning experiences
Elementary Programs – after-school programs, holiday and break times during the school year, as well as sessions during the summer months
Facility Rentals – affordably-priced room rentals for meetings, weddings, workshops, etc., are a key revenue component for every center
Preventative Health Clinic Services – visiting nurses, well baby, emergency food and clothing, nutrition education, vaccination sites
Summer Programs – day camps and trips, introduction to sports, arts programs, teen lounges
Teen Programs – after-school enrichment, life skills, recreation, remedial education, teen nights, health, nutrition, etc.
Therapeutic Recreation Inclusion Programs – advocacy and support programs designed to meet the needs of residents who have disabilities; activities are focused on general recreation, health and wellness, social stimulation and outdoor adventures; participants can be any age; facilities outside of the community centers, such as pools, are used in conjunction with these programs