The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services (PRCS) department is seeking responses from qualified entities for the use and operation of the Westside Community Center. The City will explore options that allow the westside facility to serve as a vibrant and financially viable community hub providing substantial and sustained benefits to the community.
The RFP will post on ColoradoSprings.gov on Oct. 15 with responses due by Nov. 5, 2021. As outlined in the RFP, multiple organizations may join together to operate the facility, and successful applicant(s) will maximize the use of the facility’s spaces through a business model that introduces revitalized and innovative programs and services. The proposals will be evaluated by a team of individuals representing multiple facets of the community, including residents and members from the PRCS advisory board and PRCS department.
The Center for Strategic Ministry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, currently operates the facility, however, the current agreement expires on December 31, 2021. The City first issued an RFP seeking a new operator in Nov. 2020, announcing on July 2, 2021 that it had been unsuccessful in coming to a mutual agreement with its top applicants. Since the first RFP was released, the City has set aside $1.375 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding towards prioritized capital improvements.
Previous public meetings
October 12 Public Meeting
Residents were invited to learn more about the City’s goals and the request for proposal (RFP) process at a public information session on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Thank you to everyone who attended!