Salisbury recreation council fights order to vacate building
Non-profit group loses funding after village decides to take over community programming
The Salisbury recreation council is fighting a decision by the village to cut its funding and force its members out of their building at 62 Douglas St.
The non-profit group has been organizing community activities for 25 years, but now the village wants to take over.
Shara Foreman, a parent and volunteer coach with the organization, says the recent decision has put its programs for more than 600 children in the area at risk.
"It's just kind of shocking that they'd do this without any public inquiry," said Foreman. "It's looking like they are just trying to shut things down without talking to everybody."
Foreman says her children are involved in basketball, baseball, soccer and dance, which are all organized and run by the recreation council. She says if those options are taken away she would have to chauffeur them into Moncton several times a week.
"A lot of these kids have played together for years and years, they love to play their sports," she said.
"If [my son] didn't have sports, without it being here in Salisbury, if I didn't have it here, I don't know if I could make the commitment to get him to the city three to four times a week.
"If the village takes it over and the recreation council is no more, who is going to make improvements? Who will be there to get work done? They spent hours and hours, got grants in place … I just really think our recreation council doesn't deserve this. It's like a slap in the face to them."
Ken Darling, vice president of the council, says the group is maintaining its programs for now.
A public meeting is planned for Thursday to find out whether residents want the group to continue its activities, or leave it to the village to start from scratch, he said.
"We're just looking for a smooth transition. We want to make sure what we have in place continues to move, and continues to grow," said Darling.
"We have plans, but we can't take another step forward until we know where we are, and right now we're in limbo. We have no building, we've got to get out of here, and we have no funding.
"Hopefully the public will tell us what they want us to do," he said.
No one from the village was able to respond to CBC requests for an interview on the future of the recreation council.