Westside Neighborhood Middle Public Participation

Beginning June 1, 2022, the Westside Neighborhood Middle is working on a revised schedule, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This schedule is in place whereas the Metropolis works to determine viable long-term choices for the middle. It permits present crucial meals providers to proceed, together with the meals pantry, Meals on Wheels and senior meals. The schedule additionally permits for present programming occurring inside the revised hours of operation to proceed. 

Remaining tenants have the choice to supply their providers inside the revised working schedule on a month-to-month foundation. No new tenants might be thought-about throughout this transition time. 

Why the revised schedule?

The Middle for Strategic Ministry (CSM) operated the Westside Neighborhood Middle in partnership with the Metropolis of Colorado Springs since 2010. This operational contract ended Could 31, 2022. The top of the contract prompted the revised schedule, which is funded by the remaining stability from the Metropolis’s operational contract. The Metropolis may be very grateful to the employees and management at CSM for his or her 12-year dedication to the middle and for his or her continued help via this transition. 

What’s subsequent?

The mayor will resolve subsequent steps for the neighborhood middle, knowledgeable by resident enter that was collected via a phased public engagement course of in April/Could of 2022. District 3 councilmember Stephannie Fortune continues to work alongside residents to advocate for the middle.

Vist the neighborhood middle web page

A phased public participation course of for Colorado Springs residents to assist inform the way forward for the Westside Neighborhood Middle started Monday, April 18 with an on-line survey. The method culminated with a neighborhood design workshop on Could 21. Public enter collected via this course of might be shared with Metropolis leaders together with the mayor who will use it to assist inform subsequent steps for the neighborhood middle.


An internet survey to grasp shared neighborhood values was open April 18 – Could 1. Survey Outcomes

Targeted Conversations

A sequence of targeted conversations was held Could 16-17 to discover themes expressed within the survey. There have been 4 conversations, every comprised of 12 individuals from the next stakeholder teams: Westside Neighborhood Middle tenants and program suppliers; Group of Westside Neighbors and different Previous Colorado Metropolis organizations; Save the Westside Neighborhood Middle; and a gaggle of neighborhood members with comparable expertise serving native services, neighborhood facilities and working neighborhood programming. Enter from these conversations knowledgeable the agenda and course of for the neighborhood design workshop. This tactic aimed to offer a construction for clear dialogue and reflection and inspired a range of views. This was not market analysis. It was a listening session to assemble stakeholder enter to assist set the main focus for the workshop.

Neighborhood Design Workshop Could 21

 A full-day neighborhood design workshop was held on Could 21 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Participation by neighborhood members was extremely inspired. That is the place the place all voices got here collectively to have interaction to find a viable long-term resolution to make sure the very best use of the ability and help the neighborhood. On the workshop, the skilled facilitator shared insights from the survey and targeted conversations. Attendees then helped outline a set of long-term choices for the Metropolis Administration to think about. The workshop was held on the Westside Neighborhood Middle.

Digital Debrief – June 2

To summarize the suggestions obtained and supply a chance to grasp and mirror on the suggestions ensuing from the workshop earlier than they’re offered to the Metropolis for consideration, a digital debrief was held and open to all neighborhood members.

This chance was held Thursday, June 2.

View the Public Engagement Abstract. 

Watch the Digital Debrief:


View the Digital Debrief presentation.


Timeline of the Westside Neighborhood Middle

  • December 1994 – Metropolis enters an settlement with Faculty District 11 for the West Middle for Intergenerational Studying Middle joint use at West Junior Excessive
  • Could 2009 – Faculty District 11 transfers Buena Vista Elementary Faculty (the present-day Westside Neighborhood Middle) to the Metropolis; the Metropolis transfers its Intergenerational Studying Middle packages to this website, in addition to Metropolis employees (deed restrictions are in place via Dec. 31, 2041)
  • Fall 2009 – 2010 – Metropolis finances course of presents important cutbacks, together with neighborhood middle funding
  • December 2009 – Metropolis points a request for proposal (RFP) in search of operators for its 4 neighborhood facilities
  • February 2010 – RFP responses obtained by the Metropolis
  • April 2010 – Metropolis awards contract to the Middle for Strategic Ministry (CSM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to function the Westside Neighborhood Middle for 3 years; there aren’t any different profitable RFP responses, so the three remaining neighborhood facilities proceed to be operated by the Metropolis
  • 2012 – Contract renews with CSM for an additional three-year time period (2013-2015)
  • 2015 – Contract renews with CSM for an additional three-year time period (2016-2018)
  • 2019 – Contract renews with CSM for an additional three-year time period (2019-2021)
  • November 2019 – CSM offers a discover of non-renewal
  • August 2020 – Metropolis posts request for data (RFI) for the operation and administration of Westside
  • November 2020 – Metropolis points RFP for operation and administration of Westside
  • July 2021 – Metropolis declares of unsuccessful negotiation and closes the RFP course of
  • October 2021 – Metropolis holds a neighborhood data session previous to launching a brand new RFP course of; Metropolis points new RFP, which features a Metropolis dedication to fund wanted capital enhancements to the ability
  • December 2021 – Metropolis declares CSM because the really useful operator for Westside following the RFP course of; negotiations observe
  • March 2022 – CSM withdraws proposal throughout contract negotiations; Metropolis cancels the RFP following CSM’s withdrawal, and the procurement analysis leading to no further certified proposers
  • April 2022 – parks division decided a path ahead; neighborhood engagement periods held with a third-party facilitator
  • April 18-Could 21 – phased public participation course of with a third-party facilitator for residents to assist inform subsequent steps for the middle
  • Current – mayor figuring out a path ahead

What’s the function of a neighborhood middle?

A neighborhood middle cultivates community-based providers that supply high quality social, cultural, instructional, and leisure alternatives that promote a secure, vibrant, and wholesome neighborhood.

Why an exterior operator for a Metropolis-owned neighborhood middle?

The Middle for Strategic Ministry (CSM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operated the Westside Neighborhood Middle in partnership with the Metropolis’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Companies Division, from 2010 to Could 31, 2022. The operational partnership started out of necessity when the parks division sought an exterior operator in response to budgetary constraints. For context, the parks division finances was diminished 81% from $19.7 million in 2008 to $3.6 million in 2010. In 2022, the parks division obtained $17.4 million from the overall fund. Funding ranges haven’t returned to pre-Recession ranges, partially due to the success of partnerships began after the recession – just like the working mannequin at Westside Neighborhood Middle. This permits normal fund {dollars} for use on different priorities for residents, like funding public security and infrastructure.

Out of necessity, and with the help of key companions, the parks division developed a technique in 2009 to include neighborhood collaborations into their providers. This operation mannequin works on the premise that neighborhood stakeholders can work hand-in-hand with authorities to realize frequent targets and providers. This award-winning mannequin has enabled the parks division to proceed to supply and increase providers whereas working on restricted normal fund {dollars}. The Westside neighborhood Middle was acknowledged by the College of Colorado Colorado Springs because the 2012 Civic Innovator of the 12 months for its operational partnership with CSM. This annual award acknowledges and honors native people or organizations which might be doing invaluable, fascinating, revolutionary work locally via personal sector initiatives that assist handle issues which will in any other case be left solely to authorities.

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