During the last decade of extraordinary growth in the Monroe area, the supporters of growth reminded worried residents that an expanded city will be able to support additional amenities for the long-term and newly established residents in both the city and the surrounding county. The new Lake Tye recreational area is one example of the city’s effort to bring additional recreation options to residents. The park is heavily used. Now, the Centennial Committee is bringing to the voters an opportunity to establish a Community Center through public/private cooperation. The rapid growth in the Monroe area should easily support both the private facilities now in place, and the public recreational facilities that the Centennial Committee has planned. A combination of public and private recreational facilities is a hallmark of a healthy community. It is time for a Community Center in Monroe.