|amenity = community_centre|
|A place mostly used for local events, festivities and group activities.|
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Community centres are public locations where members of a community tend to gather for group activities, social support, informal and formal meetings, public information, events and festivities, and other purposes.
Some of these can be targeted at specific age groups, such as juvenile leisure centres or meeting places for senior citizens, or even brace these generations.
Sometimes they can also be used for private or commercial events.
Use an operator=*-Tag in conjunction to indicate who operates the facility.
These facilities are not used for administration or government purposes, so do not mix them up with the "townhall".
Uses around the world
In Germany there are - with the focus on events - Bürgerhaus oder Dorfgemeinschaftshaus (in smaller village) or Stadthalle (in bigger towns). Almost every village or town in Germany has such a Community Centre. With activity focus, there are family centres, juvenile leisure homes (Jugendfreizeitheim) and multi-generational facilities.
In Canada, we call it a community centre in English, or centre communautaire in French, a public building in which community gatherings and/or sporting activities are held. (Natural Resources Canada - CanVec Map Features Definition Code 2010080 (node) & 2010082 (area))
In France and Belgium, we call it Salle des fêtes. Almost all the village have one like this, and you can rent it for weddings or other festivities.
In Italy there is centro sociale which corresponds to this tag.
In India, places called kalyan mandap, wedding hall or function hall are run by public and private entities. These are available for rent for events.
In Japan, there are many Kominkan (公民館) for each community. They are owned and run by local governments. They have rooms for rent for local events or meetings of community. Sometimes they have also a small library and an exhibition room of local history. They often provides learning programs in arts, sports, handiwork and cultural activities.
The proposal has been submitted to review (and approved) with the American spelling 'center'. But tags are until now using the UK (and Canada) version. To keep consistency, the proposal has been renamed 'community_centre'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_centre