Commissioners decide future of Abbott Community Center

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Shawnee County Commissioners decided who they would like to take over the east Topeka Abbott Community Center.

Commissioners voted to start negotiations with the Topeka Boys and Girls Club to work up a one-year contract to operate the center.

Commissioners had listened to various groups who had wanted to run it. Representatives from those groups were also at the meeting to hear the commission’s choice.

The executive director of the Boys and Girls Club said she hopes to reach out to those other groups in hopes that they could play a part in the center’s operation.

“We will continue to work with those partners,” says Dawn McWilliams. “They have an invested interest in those youths; that will only deepen our impact and further our reach in reaching those kids and so we will continue the relationships with those individuals.”

McWilliams said the center would be geared toward middle and high school students. It’s not known yet when the building will open as a Boys and Girls Club operation. The center closed down a year ago when the county ended its contract with Community First who had operated it.


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