[Tagging] Clubhouse vs Community Centre

nathan case nathancase at outlook.com
Thu Apr 1 13:59:21 UTC 2021

Thanks for the countering view – it’s good to hear from both sides!

> I my opinion a club is also a community.

Personally, I think that is a bit of a stretch of the definition. A “common interest” community would, in my understanding, normally be much larger than a club.

> And a community centre is a centre where a community come together.

Even if we hold the assertation that a club is a type of community, you seem to be saying that any place where any community meets is therefore a community centre.

That is what I disagree with.

A community centre is a very specific term. It has far more requirements to it than simply being the meeting place of a club (or in your definition a very specific community). Wikipedia gives a list of example activities which one normally expects a community centre to hold: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_centre#Uses_and_activities


From: Robin Burek <robin.burek at gmx.de>
Sent: 01 April 2021 13:57
To: tagging at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Tagging] Clubhouse vs Community Centre

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:


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.

Than this group at itself is also a community....

The cambride dictionary have two definitions of community<https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/community>:

  *   the people living in one particular area OR
  *   people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality

I my opinion a club is also a community.
And a community centre is a centre where a community come together.

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