Redwood City may replace the Veterans Memorial Senior Center on Madison Avenue with a health and community facility through a partnership with the YMCA of Silicon Valley, the city announced this week.
The public-private partnership model being considered could be similar to one that Morgan Hill established in 2006 with its local YMCA for a new Centennial Recreation Center, Chris Beth, director of Redwood City's parks and recreation department, said Wednesday. That city and the YMCA share financial as well as operational responsibilities for the facility, he said.
"Morgan Hill is such a great example. They have a member wing and then have a senior wing and the senior wing is free," Beth said. "And they have a shared gym."
The 54,000 square-foot Centennial Recreation Center also offers a fitness center, classes, kids programs, open gym and pool access, among other amenities, all for a membership fee. Adults there currently pay $58 a month and a family of four $84, according to the city's website. Rates for non-residents are higher.
The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, built in the 1950s, is deteriorating and in need of major renovations, Beth said. Other facilities at the Red Morton Park site could also be worked into the remodel, he added, including the Herkner Memorial Pool, the NFL Alumni Building, Community Wellness Center and the Community Activities Building.
While an email to Redwood City residents Wednesday suggests the
Morgan Hill's facility was financed with redevelopment funds -- an option no longer available to California cities because the Legislature has since dissolved redevelopment agencies at Gov. Jerry Brown's urging.
"There's been no design, no shape, and we don't know what it would encompass," Beth said.
The city plans to do a telephone survey of residents in the coming weeks, he added.