I envision a large multi-use space where the kids of Bristol can go “hang out” after school, on the weekends, or anytime. I think one HUGE thing that this city lacks is places for the youth to go. The skate park at Rockwell was a great first step, but we need more. Here are some ideas of what I would like to see as a part of a youth/teen center (some may be more realistic than others):
Juice Bar/Snack Bar
This is pretty straight forward. Here they would sell anything from typical snack food/drink to even having a small kitchen for larger events where kids could get salads, burgers, fries etc. There would be a seating area, maybe diner style.
There would be a modern computer lab room for access to the internet, computer gaming, video editing, schoolwork, etc. I see PC’s as well as Macs, HD TV’s on the wall, maybe even hold computer classes here…
Game Room -Arcade/Billards/Foosball/etc
Also pretty straight forward – a room dedicated to arcade games, pool tables, foosball, maybe a juke box or a stereo, some couches etc..
This could be a multi purpose room – there could be a basketball hoop, volleyball nets, mats for wrestling or gymnastics. This could possibly be combined with the stage/music room (below)
Stage/Music Room w/ instruments
I would have loved this when I was in high school… I see a room with instruments for the kids of the teen center to freely use – guitars, basses, drums, horns, pianos. There would also be a stage where the teens could hold their own concerts. I think this would be a huuuuge attraction to the youth
Lounge & Study Areas
There would also be separate areas for just ‘hanging out’ or studying for school. The loungs could have couches, and chairs, maybe futons or beds. The study area would have desks, school supplies, maybe a computer, copier, a small library.
Here we could have art supplies, maybe even photography supplies. Here kids could come and feel free to paint, draw, etc.
So thats my vision – its pretty general, but I think you get the picture. I don’t know if it would be free, pay per entry, membership, etc or if it’s even realistic, but I think this would be amazing for the youth of Bristol…. Now go vote!!!!