Community center debuts new look


A new look was shown off by the West Liberty Community Center during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last Tuesday.

West Liberty Community Center Director Courtney Crees shared what updates the community center made with everyone in attendance at the dinner.

“The community center and childcare center are managed by a nine person board of directors,” Crees said.

Priscilla Haessig is the president, Lynne Sasmazer is the vice-president, Syd Harned is the secretary, Jason Cassady is the treasurer and Jodi Kelly, Susan Deahr, Monty Beal, Melody Russell and Rhonda Jensen are board members, according to the community center’s website. Becky Martin is the childcare director but will be leaving soon.

“Over the past year or so we’ve done some updates that hopefully you can see,” Crees said. “We got new carpet, new vinyl plank flooring, new paint and window tinting. The patio was given new life with a new fountain, fire pit, heaters, lights and new furniture.”

Security was also updated with new doors and locks, she added. The community center now has ADA (American Disability Act) access, has keyless entry and new security cameras.

“We’re also in the process of updating our lobby,” she added.

The community center can accommodate all types of events including proms, quincearas, business meetings, funerals and graduations, Crees said. The center has the capacity to seat 320 people and the pricing ranges and can be found on their website.

“For 2023, the community center board is looking at some fundraising events since we’re a non-profit,” she said. “In the past, those events have been like Mother’s Day brunch, bingo, other raffles so hopefully when those come up you can attend those or be a part of that.”