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Richland group of seniors say community center is misused

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- A group of Richland seniors are upset with how the community center is running the facility and is taking their complaint to the city council.

A group of people who visit the Richland Community Center frequently, say it's not being run effectively and it needs to go back to what it was created for.

They say it's original purpose was to be filled with activities and they argue the community center is making it too difficult to reserve rooms, leaving many of them empty.

Richland's Parks and Recreation Department disagrees. They say they work hard to offer many classes and make their space available to everyone.

"Make it a community center and have this a busy thriving place. Instead what has happened is most of the rooms are unused and it's because they're very difficult to work with," says Larry Lang, who is upset with the community center.

"Our goal is the same as the group that you've been talking to. We want the building full of activity for all the residents of Richland," says Phil Pinard, from Richland Parks and Recreation Department.

The group has created a nineteen page document of complaints and plan to bring it to the Richland City cAouncil meeting Tuesday night at 7:30.

Lang says he expects as many as fifty people to show up at the city council meeting to make their point about the community center's practices.