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Rockland to hold meeting Monday on future of recreation program

By Stephen Betts | Oct 18, 2020
The Flanagan Community Center in Rockland.

Rockland — The city will begin its review of recreation options at a meeting Monday evening.

The Parks and Recreation Committee will hold a meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. to discuss future plans for the Flanagan Community Center.

The meeting will be held via Zoom. People interested in viewing the meeting or wanting to provide input can send an email to to receive the meeting link.

The City Council voted unanimously at its July 13 meeting to direct the committee to come up a long-term plan.

The city has extended the contract with the Penobscot Bay YMCA through Dec. 31.

The YMCA has been operating the city's recreation program since Oct. 1, 2015. The Council voted in June 2018 to renew the contract for another two years which was met by widespread support and praise from the community for the non-profit organization based in Rockport.

The city is paying the YMCA $138,904 for the year to provide recreational services. The city also pays for the maintenance and utilities for the Flanagan Community Center.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Sarah Austin | Oct 19, 2020 11:03

A point of clarification- Today's meeting is a public comment meeting for folks in the community to weigh in on what they would like to see happening at the Flanagan Center. It is not "beginning the review", as the working group has been meeting regularly since directive was received from Council, and research, including communication with the YMCA, is ongoing. This meeting is an opportunity for citizen input and participation, and all are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts.

Posted by: Christine Clayton | Oct 19, 2020 10:22

Is the City going to be responsible for hiring trained, qualified, and federally background checked staff to supervise and take care of our children? Will the City be responsible for who is allowed in and out of the building giving access to our kids? -Christine Clayton

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Oct 18, 2020 09:51

These are all excellent questions Crawford which I fear will not be addressed at the meeting.  The City now has a little over 60 days to come up with a workable plan until the YMCA deal turns into a pumpkin.  Way too late in the game to make any effective changes, so of course the City will just kick the can further down the road and renew the Y deal.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Oct 18, 2020 08:32

It seems 4 questions would come to mind. (1) What is the annual cost of the maintenance and utilities? (2) How well attended are the programs and the facility by Rockland youths? (3) If usage is low why... cost, etc? (4) Was it more cost effective when it was administered by city employees?

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