Chesterfield Township marks the opening of a new community center – The Voice

Chesterfield Township’s new community center is officially open.

Officials and citizens gathered on October 21 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Chesterfield Community Center, located in the former Sugarbush Elementary School building on Sugarbush Road.

The center is the new headquarters for the township’s parks, recreation and senior services team, with space available for rent to the public. The new space will also expand special events and programs like a small fitness center, cooking classes, art programs, open gym sessions, sports camps and more, officials said.

“We are so proud to open this facility and serve the needs of our residents,” read an Oct. 11 post on the township’s Facebook page.

The need for a recreation center has been identified by citizens as a primary goal in the township’s current parks and recreation master plan, officials said.

Last spring, Chesterfield Township Council approved an agreement with the Anchor Bay School District to lease 27,000 square feet of space in the old elementary school building for three years at an annual cost of nearly of $74,000. At the time, the lease was described as a “starting point”, allowing the township to determine if there is a need for a permanent location.

Prior to the opening of the new community center, parks, recreation, and seniors services operated out of municipal offices and the township youth center.

Sugarbush Elementary School was closed before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The Chesterfield Community Center is located at 48400 Sugarbush Road in the Township of Chesterfield. For more information, call 586-949-0400 or visit parks.chesterfieldtwp.org.

Pictured behind the sign for the new Chesterfield Community Center, left to right, are Chesterfield Township Treasurer Kathy Elliott, Administrator Brian Scott DeMuynck, Supervisor Brad Kersten, Clerk Cindy Berry and Administrator Kathy Vosburg. (Courtesy of Chesterfield, Michigan Township/Facebook)
A crowd gathered to mark the opening of the new community center in Chesterfield.  (Courtesy of Chesterfield, Michigan Township/Facebook)
A crowd gathered to mark the opening of the new community center in Chesterfield. (Courtesy of Chesterfield, Michigan Township/Facebook)

Jill E. Washington