The Walsworth Community Center has been a work-in-progress since 1984. In that year, the Marceline Centennial Committee was formed to organize the city's 1988 centennial.  This committee decided that any profits from the celebration should go toward a community center.  
Formally incorporated in 1995, the group of dedicated volunteers continued the arduous task of raising funds from private sources to construct and furnish a large-scale community building.  
The original building encompassed 13,440 square feet.  An addition built in 2008 increased the total square footage to 14,272.  The cost of both the original construction and the addition were underwritten by Missouri Department of Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grants.  The building opened its doors to the public on September 21, 2001.  It offers a large (108' x 82') multipurpose room as well as a smaller conference room which seats 60.  
In acknowledgement of the ongoing generous donations from the Walsworth family, the Board of Directors of the Marceline Community Building Committee Corp. named the facility the Walsworth Community Center.
The multipurpose room has two regulation-size basketball courts available for the youth of the community to use on a regular basis in the summer and after school.  Adult walkers and line dancers use the multipurpose room throughout the year.  The Center has been featured as a venue for musical groups as diverse as the Krazy Kats, the Chosen Few and the Pool Boys. The multipurpose room is large enough to seat approximately 600 guests for wedding receptions and banquets.  The conference room provides meeting space for various civic groups and occasional speakers.

Even though the original building was completed in 2001, the all-volunteer Board of Directors has continued its work on behalf of the center and the community by taking charge of the administration and the management of the building operations.

The Conference Room can be rented for $50 per day plus a refundable damage deposit of $150.

The Multipurpose Room can be rented for $400 for one day or $750 for a weekend (Friday morning thru Sunday at 12 PM) plus a refundable damage deposit of $150. Extra time can be reserved if available - early start at 8 PM on Thursday is an additional $50.

Non-profit fees are $250 for one day event plus the $150 refundable damage deposit.

Special hardship events (benefits) are not charged any fees other than the $150 refundable damage deposit.

All renters have the option of rectangular or round banquet tables and folding chairs for event use at no extra charge.

*** ALL rentals are charged a mandatory $150 professional cleaning fee (included in the above prices). This entitles you to table and chair cleaning and put away plus floor cleaning. The renter is responsible for ALL decoration take down, trash bagging and disposal, and kitchen cleanup (if used).

If you are planning an event and are interested in renting the Walsworth Community Center, please call Dennis at (660) 734-2195.

Informal Meeting Area

Ever since its groundbreaking, the Walsworth Community Center has effectively employed eco-friendly concepts. 

The original building design is a testament to this commitment, as the structure was built with zoned heating and cooling, meaning that portions of the building can have the temperature adjusted to suit the activity in progress without impacting other parts of the building.  Programmable thermostats help reduce unnecessary utility usage. Energy efficiency is further enhanced by abundant use of thick insulation; for example, there is 12” of insulation in the walls, 12” or more in the ceilings, and double-pane insulated glass in all windows. To minimize heated or cooled air loss in the loading bay, sally port garage doors were installed at either end of the interior garage.

In 2009 energy efficient fluorescent lights were mounted in the large multi-purpose room to replace the original lighting system.

During the year 2010 the governing board will initiate a new focus on efficiency, this time spotlighting water conservation by the implementation of a rain barrel watering system.  This change is anticipated to reduce water purchases by approximately 20,000 gallons of water annually, resulting in a cost savings of $300.

Smaller Meeting Room

From receptions, community dances, town hall meetings, basketball practice, and alumni dinners, our multipurpose room is equipped to hold most large functions.



Conference Room

The conference room comes complete with cabinet space, a sink, tables, and chairs for whatever small event you have planned.

It is all in how you dress it! This large room can be filled with rectangle banquet tables or round dinner tables to set the scene for your groups needs.

Multi-PUrpose room

The "Green"

Walsworth Community Center

Economical Small Parties


Formal, Ellegant Area

From group meetings, small family reunions,  and birthday parties, the conference room serves as a small gathering area.