Facilities like Parkway Forest Community Centre are invaluable, as they provide the local community and youth with opportunities to realize the many benefits of recreation, said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.
The new community centre is a fully accessible, 4,650-square-metre (50,000-square-foot) building featuring a full-size gymnasium, youth space, preschool room, teaching kitchen, teaching garden and green roof, weight room, fitness/dance studio, walking track, YMCA Child Care Centre and more.
The proposal to hand over the community centres was one of a number of cost-cutting measures put forward in the spring.
By transferring to the trust the community centres will be able to access grant funding more easily, say the council, while also reaping the benefits of charitable status and benefiting from a centralised booking system.
The Welsh Government has now created a user guide to encourage other community centres across Wales to adopt a low-carbon culture.
Welsh community centres Pontrobert Community Centre, Powys; Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth; and Bloomfield Community Centre, Narberth, took part.
She said: "I believe that a well-run, busy community centre is vital in creating strong and happy neighbourhoods.
The sites involved are: The Chestnut Centre in Sheepridge, Crosland Moor Community Centre, Shelley Village Hall, Twin Chapels in Batley, Khandaani Dek Bhal in Heckmondwike, Slaithwaite Community Centre, and Thornhill Lees Community Centre.
August 16-27 at Aberavon and Baglan Community Centres and Bryn Village Hall in Port Talbot; Gnoll Estate, Resolven RFC, Aberdulais, Rhos and Pant y Ffordd Community Centres and Melin Junior School in Neath; Trebanos Community Centre, Cwmllynfell Millennium Hall and Ysgol Y Glyn in Pontardawe/ Swansea Valley.
Other community playschemes with local people getting involved will be held from August 2-20 at Croeserw Community Centre, Cymmer, YGGD Y Wern and Hengwrt Barn and August 2-27 at Blaengwynfi SWC.
Itsuko Hasegawa's latest community centre
is a fluidly informal set of volumes that draws on traditional Japanese means of enclosing space for cultural events.
Henley Green Community Centre
, in Caradoc Close, Henley Green, and Cheylesmore Community Centre
, in Arundel Road, Cheylesmore, could be moved on to the site of schools facing rebuilding as part of plans to reduce the number of surplus primary school places.