Letter to the editor: Support new Senior Center at Ward Park
I am an active member and volunteer at our senior center.? I am writing to express my enjoyment with the many opportunities our center offers; and more importantly to share my support for the new senior center location at Ward Park.
Continued membership growth and the center's many activities highlight our need for a new location. If you are unfamiliar with our center, I invite you to come on Mondays, when I work as a greeter, to let me show you around and introduce you to all we offer persons sixty and over. While some community members may not wish to see our center in Ward Park, let me share with you why I think it's a great location.
As a grandparent it would be wonderful to bring our grandchildren to the new senior center on a summer day to enjoy the playground, senior center amenities, and even take a dip in the wading pool.? Locating the center at Ward Park would also bring intergenerational enjoyment.? ?The cheerleaders who practice at Ward Park could use our exercise rooms equipped with audio capabilities, mats and mirrors. Local children and seniors could create a garden and patio area for all to enjoy after a trek around the park, or reading a book in the fresh outdoors.? There would also be opportunities for recreation for the young and young at heart to enjoy together, learning games like Bocce, croquet, and horseshoes. Or, as Councilor Landers talked about at a recent community meeting with concerned neighbors of Ward Park, children who live in the Ward Park neighborhood might participate in events such as our Halloween party like students from Immaculate Conception who dressed up to share in such center festivities. Young and older had a great time together.
These are only some of the many opportunities the senior center could offer the Ward Park neighbors and community. While recognizing there are differences and unanswered questions, it is my hope that respectfully we can make Ward Park a park we all can be proud of and enjoy at any age.
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