[Tagging] Clubhouse vs Community Centre

nathan case nathancase at outlook.com
Thu Apr 1 09:57:28 UTC 2021

These seem like community centres to me. I think this may fall under

(and add operator and religion tags)

From: Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com>
Sent: 01 April 2021 10:20
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Subject: Re: [Tagging] Clubhouse vs Community Centre

What about community centres run by religious organizations?
Here in Italy we have tens of thousands of "patronato", which are to all effects community centres, but run by the catholic church.
Are they community centres or clubhouses?

On Thu, 1 Apr 2021 at 11:08, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com<mailto:61sundowner at gmail.com>> wrote:
On 31/3/21 11:59 pm, nathan case wrote:
Hi all,

A question has arisen out of Fizzie41’s proposed military cadet work [1] about how to tag the building in which the cadets would meet as. But it holds more widely than that.

Currently, the recommended tagging scheme [2] for buildings in which a club meets is using the amenity=community_centre [3] tag, specifically:

community_centre=club_home (meetings

If this happens you will be

This scheme is currently used in 1,421 cases (having started being in use from January 2016) [4]. However, this recommendation appears to have been via a Wiki edit, rather than an accepted proposal and is not without its controversy [5].

My concern with this approach is that a private building, which is used exclusively by one club only, and holds no other “community” events cannot possibly be called a community centre. It is, and should be stored as, a clubhouse.


A community centre will often (though not always) be owned by a local government organisation, e.g. parish council, or national charity body, e.g. YMCA. It will host local community events (e.g. town hall sessions), be used by multiple clubs, and be available for hire for private functions (e.g. birthday celebrations). Of course, some clubs do meet in community centres and, in those cases, the building should obviously be tagged as a community centre.
Also used by some for yoga, self defense classes, etc. These are usally run by an organiser/coach for some profit.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this issue and potential options going forward.

Is this situation OK as is, or should we consider amenity=clubhouse or building=clubhouse (both already exist) as options for buildings in which a single club operates from? Some other tags in use which may be relevant:

golf=clubhouse [6]
building = clubhouse (619 uses) [7]
building = club_house (196 uses) [8]
amenity = clubhouse (113 uses) [9]
amenity = club_house (126 uses) [10]

I think that both community_centres and clubhouse are buildings and should be under the one key of building=*.

The difference between the two is that one is more adaptable for multiple purposes,

while the other is built for and operated by the one club and caters primarily for the members of that club.

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