I support a public indoor recreation center. I was heartened, but not surprised, to hear other supporters at the public forum last week.

In my mind, the debate should not be about the value, but what it should look like and how to responsibly fund it alongside other important community needs. 

I am an active senior that wants to stay active and healthy. It’s a huge challenge during our long winters. I want to interact with others from my community. A flexible, multi-purpose facility serving seniors, other adults and our youth would be a great return on investment. It would promote health, activity, socialization and add to our sense of community. 

It doesn’t have to be grandiose. There are modest models in Middlebury, Burlington (The Miller Center) and elsewhere. It could be phased. Let’s figure this out. Let’s provide input. Let’s make it taxpayer-sensitive. Let’s move forward.

Please go online at the city’s website and provide your input. The city seems serious about wanting constructive input. I completed the survey. Your turn!

Chris Carpenter

South Burlington

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