Restoring community

Cheney Parks and Recreation Director Paul Simmons helped rebuild a community resource


John McCallum

Working to rebuild the Wren Pierson Community Center after its roof collapsed in 2009's record snowstorm is something out-going Parks and Recreation Director Paul Simmons points to as a community accomplishment.

When Cheney Parks and Recreation Director Paul Simmons arrived at his new office in the old Wren Pierson Building all he had was a chair, a desk, and a phone he found in a back closet. Furniture, however, was the least of his worries.

What concerned him were the weird, almost supernatural noises emanating all around him in his new digs. He quickly left the building and trekked to City Hall where he told deputy city clerk Keri MacDonald there were "creepy noises going on in that building."

Fortunately, MacDonald and others had an idea those creepy noises only meant the heat was on.

"I had ne...

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