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Group Seeks to Raise Funds for Dover Park Community Center

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DOVER, Del.- A coalition of religious nonprofits and fraternal groups in Dover are pushing for city leaders to work with them on fundraising efforts for a new community center at a park that used to have one.

Rev. Rita Mishoe Paige with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Dover said a number of organizations are interested in forming a nonprofit aimed at collecting money to build a community center at Dover Park, which had a similar building that fell into disrepair and was demolished in 2014.

Paige said young people from communities on the East Side of Dover have been under-served by the current locations of other community centers across the city.

"They are a lot of opportunities the young people could be taking advantage of --- a lot of opportunities, skills they could be learning. They need positive places to go," she said.

Some city officials have floated the idea of using at least some of $1 million allocated in the state's bond bill for a parking garage in Dover to offer grant money to match funds raised by the planned nonprofit.

Mayor Robin Christiansen said he is opposed to using the money for the parking garage to build the community center but did emphasize that an appropriate replacement for the structure needs to be built.

The city is currently planning a smaller building at Dover Park that will feature classroom space.

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