Harwich Weighs More Hours of Operation for Community Center

HARWICH – The Harwich Community Center could see an increase in its hours of operation after selectmen voiced their support for opening the center on Sundays.

The proposal comes in the wake of public requests to increase the accessibility and availability of the center. The town will consider opening the Center on all Sundays and some holidays, such as Patriots Day and Presidents Day.

“I think we do our best efforts to provide services to a broad base in the community,” said Harwich Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who give his thoughts on the matter to selectmen this month. “We want to provide services to the community that are general in nature.”

Town officials have floated the idea of opening the center for six hours on Sundays and select holidays.

But before that decision is made, Harwich will need to work out how to pay for the increased hours of operation. If the Center were to be open more often, it would require additional staffing from Community Center and DPW workers.

“The Town needs to understand some of [the cost] is going to be subsidized or if we do take an action that there will be costs associated with it,” Clark said.

One way to cover the costs would be to raise fees for some of the programs at the center.

The process is underway to find out what the cost to the town would be.

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