Caryl Community Center (CCC)
Welcome to the Caryl Community Center!
We invite you to visit our facility to explore all that we have to offer.
After serving for 90 years as a school, this valuable Town asset is well into its second decade of use as a community center, providing much-needed space for essential programs and services, space not available elsewhere in the Town.
The Board of Selectmen is committed to preserving and maintaining the CCC in accordance with the standards applies to other Town-owned facilities, to make it a safe, comfortable, and functional facility for its multigenerational users.
Two Town departments and three regular tenants have their own dedicated space in the CCC. There is plenty of newly refurbished space available for your individual or group use.
The Parks and Recreation department has its office on the second floor, along with space for equipment storage. It holds its programs in various spaces throughout the CCC.
The Council on Aging now has its office, storage space, and all of its activities on the first floor of the CCC.
The three regular tenants who have dedicated space in the CCC and hold license agreements with the Town for their space are the Center for the Development of Children (CDC), Erin’s School of Dance, and Parent Talk.
Regular renters of non-dedicated spaces have included Open Fields, the Dover Foundation, and the Dover Mothers Association.
Space is available for your use!
The spaces pictured below are available for individuals and community groups to use on a one-time or regular basis for all types of activities:
|physical activities — birthday parties — drop-in activities
|birthday parties — lectures — large meetings — rehearsals
recitals — sports team end-of-season parties
|luncheons — rehearsals — birthday parties
|luncheons — rehearsals — adjacent to multiuse cafeteria
|meetings — scouts — exercise
2 Multi-Use rooms can be opened to create 1 large room.
|scout projects — meetings — birthday parties
$25 per hour, Dover residents
$50 per hour, non-residents
Continuing use (regularly scheduled, recurring use, e.g. 1-2 times per week for 2 or more months):
$10 per hour, Dover residents
$20 per hour, non-residents
To book space, or for questions or further information:
Please provide the following information and you will be contacted by the appropriate person.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What spaces are available to rent at the Caryl Community Center?
There is a variety of spaces to rent including the gym (119), the Caryl Room (203), the Community Room (111, including kitchen facilities), two spacious multi-use rooms on the second floor (215, 217), and a small meeting room (205). Access into the building for all spaces is through the rear door near the parking lot.
- What types of activities do people rent space for?
Spaces at the Caryl Community Center can accommodate a wide range of activities including birthday parties, sports or organization meetings, playgroups and get-togethers, gym activities, practices, special events, Girl or Boy Scout meetings, etc.
- How much does it cost to rent a space?
The fee for renting a space for a one-time non-profit use arrangement is $25 per hour for Dover residents and $50 per hour for non-residents.
To rent a space on a continuing non-profit use basis (i.e. regularly scheduled, recurring use, e.g. 1-2 times per week for 2 or more months) is $10 per hour for Dover residents and $20 per hour for non-residents.
For-profit use arrangements can be set up through a special agreement with Dover Parks and Rec.
- How do I rent a space at the Caryl Community Center?
To rent a space for a non-profit event, begin by filling out the brief online request form found on the Caryl Community Center web page (http://www.doverma.org/town-government/caryl-community-center/#space). Be sure to indicate the room you would like to rent, for which dates you will need it, and any equipment you will need. Someone will contact you to confirm that your request is available and direct you to a Request for Use form. Fill out the form and submit as instructed with the required rental fee. Make your check payable to the “Town of Dover”. Upon completion of the booking, you will be given further information regarding any equipment you requested.
- During what hours/days of the week may I hold an event at the Caryl Community Center?
Events may be held at almost any day and time at the Caryl Community Center. Normal operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 10 PM and Fridays from 7 PM to 6 PM. If you are renting a space during a timeframe outside of normal operating hours (e.g. weekends, holidays, or outside of normal operating hours during the week), a key can be obtained and signed out at the Dover Police Department at the time of your rental.
- What are my responsibilities as a renter?
As a renter you are responsible for any damage to the Caryl Community Center, its equipment, or furniture. You are also responsible for setting up tables, chairs, etc. needed for your use. At the end of your event you will be required to thoroughly clean the area and put all tables and chairs back into storage as you found them. A fee will be charged if clean-up is not properly performed.
If you have signed out keys, you must turn off the lights, lock and secure the building, and return the keys to the Dover Police Department.
Additionally, children must be supervised at all times.
- What equipment is available to use in the rooms?
Tables and chairs are available for use in the rooms. If requested during booking, the table and chairs will be left in the room to be rented. Set up and breakdown is the responsibility of the renter. Kitchen facilities include a stove, microwave, and a commercial washing station.
- May I put up decorations?
Table cloths and flowers are allowed in the rented rooms, but nothing may be hung on or attached to the walls or ceiling. Helium balloon filling tanks are not allowed inside the building by order of the Dover Fire Department. They may be used outside of the building only. Smoke machines are not allowed.
- May I bring in food and drink?
Food and drink are allowed in the Caryl Room (203), the Community Room (111), and the multi-use rooms (215, 217) as long as the area is properly cleaned up afterward. No food or drink is allowed in the gym (119).
- Is alcohol allowed on the premises?
Alcohol is allowed in the rooms in which food and drink are allowed provided a special one-time use permit is obtained through the Selectmen’s Office. The renter is responsible for securing this permit ahead of time.
- May I hire an entertainer to perform in the room I am renting?
Yes, provided the rules pertaining to decorations and clean-up are followed.
- What cleaning equipment is available for me to use?
Vacuum cleaners, brooms, and trash containers are available for use. Be sure to request this equipment during the booking process.
- No use of the building will be permitted without completion of request form and payment.
- The user will be held responsible for any and all damage to the Caryl Community Center and/or equipment, furniture, etc. therein.
- In addition to cleaning the area, the user is responsible for setting up tables, chairs, etc. and then putting them away after use.
- An additional fee may be charged for custodial services if user has neglected to set-up, break down, and/or clean up.
- Children must be supervised at all times.
- A key to the building must be obtained and signed out at the Dover Police Department for rental during weekends, holidays, and times outside of normal operating hours, and the user is responsible for securing the building and returning the key upon conclusion of use.
- Access is through the rear door of the building near the parking lot.
- When renting a room you are responsible for following Health and Safety guidelines as supported and promoted by the Fire Department, Police Department and Town of Dover which cover the people using the room with you, the building, the room and equipment.
Share your thoughts about the CCC
We continue our efforts to improve the comfort and functionality of the CCC for all its users and to create, insofar as possible, the look and feel of a true community center:
- The Dover Historical Society has just installed a beautiful new exhibit of never-before-seen water colors by Dick Vara, Dover historian and author of Dover Days Gone By (first floor hallway).
- Chickering School student art is on display on the second floor.
- Other hallway displays from the Council on Aging and Parks and Recreation are being planned.
- A proposal to renovate the CCC’s four public restrooms (1930’s era) was passed at the 2015 Annual Town Meeting.
Your comments and suggestions for additional improvements are always welcome. You may contact the chair of the Caryl Management Advisory Committee.