The City of Goleta will assume management of the Goleta Community Center (GCC) on January 1, 2023. The Goleta City Council approved extending the lease of the non-profit Goleta Valley Community Center (GVCC) organization by an additional six months. The City acquired the GCC from the Goleta Union School District in 2013.
The change will allow the City to manage the GCC during the upcoming $8 million (or more) seismic and ADA improvements capital project and to develop a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the Community Center before determining the best long-term management model for the future. View the staff report from the special City Council meeting on February 24, 2022, here: https://tinyurl.com/24jmn25c.
Originally built in 1927, the GCC is located at 5679 Hollister Avenue in the heart of the City in Old Town and is an important gathering place for our community. In February of 2020 the City conducted a stakeholder and public outreach process to better understand the community’s desires for programming and uses at the GCC. One of the recommendations of the outreach process was that the City conduct a strategic planning process to guide future use and management of the GCC.
Mayor Paula Perotte said, “The City is looking forward to implementing a multi-phase plan to improve the Goleta Community Center so that it is a thriving facility for the next 95 years. We would like to thank the Goleta Valley Community Center (GVCC) organization for managing the GCC for many years.”
The City’s anticipates that the GVCC organization will continue to be involved in the GCC, including continuing to manage the Senior Center Program, and will help the City in the strategic planning process to decide the future of the Community Center.