TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – With the help of a new bill — the Trotwood Community Center could soon re-open after being closed for nearly a decade. 2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen is Asking Questions about what this would mean for the community.
For Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald, re-opening the community center was one of the main initiatives she pushed for throughout her campaign. Now, she’s hoping all that hard work will pay off.
For roughly the last ten years, the Trotwood Community Center has set here on Lake Center Drive un-used after funding cuts forced it to close. Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald is hoping to turn that around and bring the building back to what it once was.
“We’ve had weddings here. We’ve had showers here,” McDonald said. “It’s just been the heart beat at one time of the city of Trotwood.”
And McDonald is hoping to bring that heartbeat back to life with the help of 250-thousand dollars in state funding. McDonald says the re-opening the community center will help address some of the area’s biggest issues.
“We have high infant mortality here. We have diabetes, high blood-pressure,” McDonald said. “We’re going to be able to meet some of the health challenges that we have here in the City of Trotwood as well as an opportunity for recreational opportunities for our citizens.”
Part of the money would go towards replacing the roof, resurfacing the parking lot, replacing windows and repairing the interior and exterior walls, as well as other structures changes. Trotwood citizen Bruce Keller says re-opening the community center is exactly what citizens need, especially young people.
“People need help learning about how to budget,” Trotwood resident Bruce Keller said. “There’s kids that need things to do on the weekends and on the evenings maybe classes or something that they can get in to that’s going to get them away from all this craziness that’s going on.”
The final decision regarding the funding will be up for vote next month.