Over the years there has been a lot a talk among Scotland County residents about establishing some sort of community center.
Beginning next week, residents will be asked to talk to more than just themselves.
Starting on Monday, Greensboro researchers will conduct scientific telephone surveys to determine if there is a real desire for some kind of facility here. We say “some kind” because we are not sure what, if any, type of center residents may want.
The shape and scope of the facility will be up to you.
It is clear that places like Scotland Memorial Hospital’s Dulin Center are serving a portion of the need for a community center. But we imagine that there are a myriad of other needs too. Perhaps Laurinburg would benefit from a center with diverse enough programming to offer amenities from computer labs and basketball courts to a kitchen.
Such a center could play a vital part in community life.
But as we say that will be determined by you.
The survey conducted by TTC Research of Greensboro is expected to ask questions about whether or not you would like a community center in Laurinburg, where it should be located, what types of activities should be in it. The survey will also get into how the facility would be funded. A community meeting will be held later this fall to discuss the survey results.
The survey is being paid for by Scotland Health Care System, the city of Laurinburg and the Scotland County Recreation Foundation, Inc.
If you receive a call from TTC Research, you should take the time to answer the questions and give your opinion.
If you are not called, the survey can still be completed at the following locations on-line: www.scotlandcounty.org. Go to the Scotland County Parks and Recreation page to find the link. It will also be available on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page.