Boston.com Article Highlights Mattahunt Community Center Progress
April 25, 2011
A recent article on Boston.com highlighted the progress of Wheelock College's efforts to reach out to the Mattapan community to determine new kinds of programming to be offered at the Mattahunt Community Center in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood.
Last fall, Mayor Thomas Menino announced that Wheelock College would take over operations at the Mattahunt for the next four years. The center was closed because of city budget cuts. Wheelock officials have since been fostering an open dialogue about what the community center should look like under its leadership, hosting community meetings and polling Mattapan residents.
The Mattahunt Community Planning Committee—which includes community members, Wheelock representatives, and city officials—presented preliminary survey results to Mattapan residents at the group's final community meeting on April 14, 2011. The survey, which has so far been filled out by about 750 people, found that among teens and adults, most respondents supported daily homework assistance at the center. Youth identified math assistance as the top priority. Swimming topped the recommendations for sports activities among the youth (33 percent) and adults (78 percent). Forty-six percent of teens supported swimming as well, running second to basketball with its 47 percent approval.