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ETHAN PRATER
  • Ethan Prater
If you're worried about the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region running the Colorado Springs Senior Center, then you may want to make it to the May 13 city meeting on the issue.

The city will present its transition plan at the public gathering and answer questions. The YMCA already runs all the city's pools, but the Senior Center was run by the Colorado Springs Housing Authority after the city decided it didn't have the funds to keep the doors open.

Now, the Housing Authority is in a similar situation and is handing the reigns for the center back to the city. But the city still isn't interested in funding the center itself, and thus asked for proposals from private companies and nonprofits to run it. The YMCA stepped up at that point.

REMINDER: City hosts second public meeting on future operations of Senior Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The City of Colorado Springs will host a second public meeting regarding future operations of the Colorado Springs Senior Center on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m.

The City identified the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region as a potential new operator for the Colorado Springs Senior Center after undergoing an official Request for Qualification process through the City’s Procurement Office to find a qualified operator.

City officials met with senior center users in March to receive feedback about current and future center operations. Since then, the City has been in coordination with the current operator, Colorado Springs Housing Authority, and the YMCA to evaluate input received from senior center users and stakeholders, and to gather additional information about senior center operations in order to ensure a smooth transition.

The City intends to enter into an operating agreement with the YMCA and will present its transition plan during a public meeting which will include a question/answer session.

Senior Center Public Meeting

May 13, 2015

1:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Senior Center

1514 North Hancock Avenue

Background:

The Colorado Springs Housing Authority took over operations of the Senior Center from the City in 2011 due to City budgetary constraints. The Housing Authority has notified the City that they cannot continue to operate the Center long-term with current revenues. Per the agreement with the Housing Authority executed in 2011, the City has the first right of refusal to take back operations. The City has been in a due diligence process to identify capital and operational needs and identify a qualified operator to ensure the long-term success and continuity of the Senior Center programs. 

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