The Westland Area Commission (WAC) has again agreed, as it has in the past, to send another letter asking Columbus City Council to make good on its promise for more parks and recreation opportunities on the West Side.

The Westland Area Commission (WAC) has again agreed, as it has in the past, to send another letter asking Columbus City Council to make good on its promise for more parks and recreation opportunities on the West Side.

At the commission's Jan. 18 monthly meeting, WAC chair Linda Pitts said she has talked to representatives of Prairie Township who have expressed tremendous interest in building a community center on Columbus-owned land.

That land is located at the juncture of Alton Darby Road and West Broad Street and was expressly purchased by Columbus expressly for a rec center.

Pitts said this could be a tremendous partnership between the city and the township and the letter the commission is intended to encourage such an opportunity.

"I will compose a letter, send it to everyone and then you can add to it," Pitts told commission members.

Pitts said the township will be studying and moving forward with the pursuit of a recreation center for the township and Westland area.

"It sounds like someone is getting a rec center," WAC member Shawn Thomas said. "It would be nice if Columbus could fork over some money for more land to make it even bigger."

WAC member Jim Kennedy said the township wants the rec center sooner than Columbus.

"The township is looking to build a community center in the next two years, whereas Columbus is thinking five years," Kennedy said. "The township wants to move ahead with this."

Pitts said it is important that the Commission stay involved. WAC should continues to "nag" Columbus about getting a recreation center, she said.

"The city would be foolish not to partner with them," Pitts said. "We have to keep this at the forefront of their minds."

Pitts said Maureen Lorenz of Columbus Recreation and Parks will be the guest speaker at the February meeting and will discuss the latest news on the rec center.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital.