The Westland Area Commission (WAC) said it wants to get a little more aggressive in its stance on acquiring a recreation facility for the Westland area.

The Westland Area Commission (WAC) said it wants to get a little more aggressive in its stance on acquiring a recreation facility for the Westland area.

The commission met for the first time this year on Jan. 19 with nothing but committee reports on its agenda.

When it came to the topic of parks and recreation, commission member Mike McKay said he would like to reopen discussions with the city of Columbus about a proposed regional recreational facility.

A few years ago voters supported a bond issue that was to fund the regional recreation center concept around the city. With the downturn in the economy, however, all the planned recreation centers were put on hold.

McKay proposed that the commission approach city officials and talk with them about keeping the facilities that were temporarily shut down in Columbus closed permanently in order to develop the regional recreation concept.

"We have been working on this a very long time," McKay said. "We need to open up some discussion again."

This past fall, a representative of Columbus Recreation and Parks promised the commission that it would at least get soccer fields built on the land where the proposed Westland area rec center is to be built. The location of those fields is at the corner of Alton Darby Road and West Broad Street.

McKay pointed out that last fall's announcement was for work that had been promised for a year earlier.

"We need to show unity," commission member Bill Steimer said. "The more people you have standing in a group like WABA (Westland Area Business Association), the township, schools and hospital, then they will listen. The money is there for it, you have the people willing to work on itlet's set a date."

Commission member Linda Pitts said she was erring on the side of caution when she suggested that this may not be a good time to press the city on the issue.

"I think everyone is on edge about potential cuts to their budgets," Pitts said.

Commission members agreed that the Friends of Westland Park, a committee formed to address the Westland area's parks and recreation needs, should to meet soon in order to discuss the issue further. Time and date of a meeting has yet to be determined.