West Center works on outreach, new name

       West Center staffers will be going “on the road” over the next couple of weeks, seeking to spread the word about their new location at the former Buena Vista Elementary, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       “I'm sure the kids don't know we're here,” commented facility supervisor E.D. Rucker in an interview this week. He had also discussed ideas and plans in a presentation to the Colorado Springs Parks Advisory Board July 9.
       One outreach effort will be Sunday, July 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. during the Westside Neighbors Picnic at Bancroft Park, during which Rucker said he will also solicit ideas for a possible new name for the community center.
       When created as an addition to West Middle School in the early '90s, it had been called the West Center for Intergenera-tional Learning, but since the move June 1 Rucker has dropped the “intergenerational” tag because the geographical school connection no longer exists, he explained.
       He'd like a final name to be decided soon so that signs identifying the center can go up outside the building. Until then, the department is holding off on that expense, although directional signs (such as “main office” and arrows pointing to it will go up in the near future, Rucker said).
       Another effort to get out in the community will start the week of July 27, when Rucker and his staff plan to walk the neighborhood within two blocks on all sides of the new site. “We want to talk to the people who would be impacted by us,” he said. “It's part of community relations. We'll introduce ourselves and invite them over.”

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