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Three community centers will close Nov. 1 if nonprofit groups are not interested in managing them, said Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Combs.
City officials are looking for groups to run the Southside Clubhouse at Southside Community Park, Robertson Community Center in North Sacramento, and Elmo Allen Slider Clubhouse near Power Inn Road.
Without help from nonprofits, these centers will shut down in November, according to Combs. However, the centers would be open for rentals, he said.
The city also wants a nonprofit to operate two rooms at George Sim Community Center on Logan Street.
Summer programs were held at Robertson and George Sim centers, among other locations. For example, a “Teen Unity” program was offered at Robertson Community Center from June to early August. Robertson also recently held a children’s summer camp.
Sylvia Fort, a division manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, said a city partnership with nonprofits to manage the centers would be “outstanding.”
A city document lists several tasks that the nonprofit must carry out to operate a community center. These tasks include janitorial work; opening, closing and securing the center; reporting graffiti and theft; and reporting illegal or suspicious conduct.
City staffers will host a Tuesday meeting on the topic of working with nonprofits to run the centers. The “pre-proposal” meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Historic City Hall, 915 I St. second floor hearing room.
In a formal document on the city’s website, the city asks nonprofits to apply to run the centers. Read the document here.
Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.