I have been a skeptic on the new building at Mackle Park. The other day I had the opportunity to take a tour with Alex Galiana, Recreation Administrator Supervisor.
I began to realize how popular the Center is with not only children and teenagers but with adults. Actually almost 50% of the usage is with the adult community. What I saw impressed me. Most of the time the building is crowded and several groups have been turned away for lack of room. When the kids come home from school it is just too noisy for both the kids and the adults. I have to say the building is used to capacity. The teen agers are using a trailer that smells from mildew and is worse than some of the club houses we used to go to in New York City. The outside area is great but the center itself is over utilized and in terrible condition.
When we toured the building I was embarrassed to see how run down it really is. Ceiling tiles are coming down and they have water stains. The air conditioners are not adequate as they are all non-commercial. Most of the storage is put into outside trailers that are an eye sore.
Frankly I am ashamed that Marco Island could not do better. The building is 25 years old and looks it. Now that the cost is down to 2.3 million it has become much more realistic to replace and add another 8,000 square feet.
We the tax payers should write to our City Councilors and demand something better.
This is our Paradise and we should not be ashamed of our Community center.