The center of the community of Coquille is the citizen-built and supported Community Recreation Center, Swimming Pool, and Library building. Erected in 1942 by the people of the city with the aid of the Smith Wood-Products company and George A. Ullett, the Community Center has been the heart of Coquille’s main street ever since. Unfortunately, the Center has suffered a few misfortunes. In 1952, the community building burnt to the ground, “By daylight, all that remained of the building were the concrete basement and the big chimney…”. Within six months, the citizens of Coquille rallied together to plan, and construct a new center—the present community building, pool complex and library which currently stands at the head of Main Street in downtown Coquille. The project took over a year to complete and was fully restored by community residents and local businesses as they worked to restore the center of the community. The backing of the residents continues today.
The current community center houses:
A 9,220 square foot main auditorium which is equipped with both a performance stage and recreational equipment including basketball and volleyball courts and includes a beautiful hardwood floor;
A 3,540 square foot small auditorium which is equipped with a small performance stage and includes a beautiful hardwood floor;
A full-service commercial kitchen which is equipped with two, six-burner gas ranges, four full ovens, a warming oven, a commercial refrigerator, a commercial dishwasher, a steam table, food preparation areas, and dishes;
A 2,900 square foot library which boasts one of the best collections on the South Coast.
The front restrooms and entrance hall are newly remodeled and the main floor of the building is handicap-accessible.
A variety of events are held in these facilities, including public skating, Saturday market, Square Dancing, Library Story time, Senior Meals, Boy Scouts, as well as a variety of community meetings, weddings, concerts, and variety shows.
The Coquille Swimming Pool and heated poolhouse are immediately adjacent to the community center (approximately 100 feet from the main building). A small park with playground equipment is located directly in front of the pool house. Playground equipment includes a slide, a merry-go-round, swings, monkey bars, and several concrete picnic tables, all in a beautifully treed park. The pool facility is open from June through early August. Swimming lessons are available during swim season for a fee.