As the long-awaited reopening of the John D. Spreckels Center nears, the City is pleased to announce that it has filled a position to manage the facility and its programming. Dana Welch will join the Recreation and Golf Services Department as a Recreation Services Supervisor and will be charged with expanding the safe activities for the City’s vibrant 50-plus community.

The 9,000-square-foot Spreckels Center was rebuilt about four years ago with significant public input to better engage the space next to the Coronado Public Library and serve the members of the former Senior Center. It reopened in April 2017 and was designed with an open floor plan and large windows to invite inside Spreckels Park on one side and the lawn bowling green on the other. Unfortunately, the Spreckels Center has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic and concern for the at-risk group of users.

Welch has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration and most recently was program coordinator for the City of Davis, California. There she coordinated rentals of city facilities, implemented programs for seniors, oversaw event publicity, and supervised instructors and volunteers. Prior to that, she performed similar event management and coordination for the University of Davis and the Davis Chamber of Commerce, as well as worked for the cities of Mountain View and Foster City in their recreation departments. Welch will start work May 17.

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