Written by Phil Cerroni
The Senior and Community Center at Grapevine Springs will lower its age requirements and extend its hours of operation to accommodate increasing use by the numbers of active adults who desire to use the facility. Located at 345 W. Bethel Road, the Senior and Community Center at Grapevine Springs will now provide programming for members ages 50 years and older.
Age requirements for membership at the Senior and Community Center will change Jan. 2 from 55 years of age down to 50 years. With more baby boomers retiring or nearing retirement, these active adults are discovering that the center offers a tremendous number of programs and activities designed for the older adult.
Senior Center Manager, Laci McKinney says that lowering the age was necessary.
“We are seeing more and more active adults come through the doors and use this facility,” McKinney said. “Many of them are still working and can’t use the facility until later in the day or the early evening. We want to meet their needs.”
Director of parks and recreation, Brad Reid agreed, “The center is booming and we’ve had a number of request from community members that aren’t quite of age wanting to join under our current membership.”
The Coppell Senior and Community Center at Grapevine Springs efforts go beyond your typical program offerings of flu shots and bingo. While bingo is still an important staple, today’s senior wants more and has the wherewithal to find it.
“Some of the traditional classes you might find at many centers around the nation can be found here, like bingo, line dancing and low impact aerobics,” McKinney said. “But our customers want more and we have a facility that can provide things like personal training, art classes and pool tournaments.”
Facility amenities include a fitness center, activity room, arts and crafts room, fully functional kitchen, multi-purpose room, game room, lounge with fireplace, computers, library and outside trails. A commons room provides an excellent setting for people to socialize or just enjoy the view of the park. The center also has rental space for birthday parties, and wedding or baby showers held outside the normal hours of operation.
“I think we will continue to see center attendance grow as baby boomers finally find a little time for themselves,” parks director Brad Reid said. “It’s only going to grow and this is a valued member of the community that we serve. We need to do this right.”
The Senior and Community Center at Grapevine Springs is located at 345 W. Bethel Rd. Beginning Jan. 2 the new hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Source: City of Coppell