Members of a committee reviewing the Ashland Senior Center will be downtown Monday and Friday to promote a survey, whose results will help shape the future of the center.
The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Washington Federal Bank meeting room, 175 Lithia Way, Suite 101, according to a press release.
The survey, written by the committee members, will be available online, via phone and in person at the senior center, the Grove and the city’s Utility Office. Participants could also mail in their answers to the Senior Center by Jan. 26 — the deadline of the survey.
The goal is not only reaching center users but also those in the community at large, committee members said.
The seven-page survey includes 15 multiple choices questions and two written questions. Questions include the participants' basic personal information, their experience at the center in the past two years, what they consider the most valuable aspect of the center and what programs they would like to see at the center in the future.
The committee was formed by the city Parks and Recreation Commission to draft recommendations after the controversial dismissal of the center’s manager in August and an ensuing outcry from senior center supporters. The committee also has solicited comments from the community since December with three listening sessions.
The timing of those sessions, however, were criticized by members of Ashland Support Our Seniors group because they were scheduled during the holidays time — on Dec. 13, 20 and 27.
The sessions on Dec. 13 and 20 both had more than 20 participants — many of whom angrily criticized the committee members and the two parks commissioners who were at the meetings.
Participants called on the parks department to rehire the former manager, who they said had institutional knowledge of the community and center, and questioned the transparency within the department. Committee members jotted down all comments, but said they couldn’t respond to issues involving the former manager, citing personnel privacy.
The committee is scheduled to present its recommendations to the parks commission in March.
Correction: The previous version of this article erroneously reported members of the senior center committee will be downtown Monday and Wednesday. They will be downtown Monday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 19. The Daily Tidings regrets its error.
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