[Tagging] Clubhouse vs Community Centre

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 15:04:02 UTC 2021

On 01/04/2021 15:07, Robin Burek wrote:
> So you can only fall back on the linguistic definition. And there the 
> clubhouse is a community centre.

Absolutely not.  Most single-use clubhouses would fail the "duck test" 
as a community centre.

Conversely, many community centres may have sports clubs (or other 
clubs) associated with them, but that's not the point.

I wholehearted agree with what Nathan wrote earlier:

> 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 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_centre#Uses_and_activities>
That's why I added the "invalid use of tag" section at 
back in 2015, the discussion of which has carried on - see 
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:amenity%3Dcommunity_centre .

Back in 2015, I would certainly have supported reinstating the content 
of that page as it existed at 
.  Unfortunately, tag changes to e.g. youth clubs such as 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/5124119917/history have corrupted the 
original use of the tag, so that we don't have a tag for actual 
community centres any more.  The wiki should reflect actual usage, and 
right now that runs the whole gamut of non-community-centre clubs and 
organisations (religious and secular, sport- and hobby-based and other, 
community-based and other).

One question still remains though - how do I tag an actual community 
centre?  "amenity=village_hall" works for a subset of these, but there 
are many for which it doesn't.

Best Regards,


(for the avoidance of doubt, written in an entirely personal capacity)

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