Most everyone agrees that a larger community center is needed for the North End. Now the big question is, where to build it?
A community meeting was held last week to discuss potential locations. The City analyzed six sites: Mirabella Pool House, Sargent’s Wharf, Fulton Street, Cooper Street, DeFilippo Playground, and a larger building at the current Nazzaro Center on N. Bennet Street. Three of these options are moving on to further evaluation: Mirabella Pool House, Sargent’s Wharf, and expansion of the existing center. Many residents are also urging the city to reconsider the Fulton Street parking lot.
A new, larger community center aims to reduce the long waiting list for programs at the current Nazzaro Center, which is only half the size of its demand. Wish list improvements include a larger gym, indoor swimming pool, storage space, improved weight room, and dedicated space for seniors and teens.
Where do you think the new community center should be located? Vote in our poll and add your comments in the section below. Then, take the Day in the Life of the North End survey to tell the city how the community center fits into your life. Officials have also opened a new feedback page where you can share your input by commenting on the three final locations.