“Is Fayetteville ever going to get a brand new senior heart?”
It is among the commonest questions I obtain in my job, and for a few years, one which I had no reply to.
Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation is blessed to at the moment have two senior citizen service amenities inside its division, Tokay Senior Health Heart, & the Fayetteville-Cumberland Senior Heart.
Nevertheless, with Tokay targeted on train and bodily well being, and the Senior Heart concentrating on social, persevering with schooling, arts and crafts and different applications, contributors continuously should journey between the 2 areas. Fortunately, change is on the horizon, as not only one, however two new amenities will quickly be accessible to holistically serve the wants of these 55 and older in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.
In 2016, as a part of a $35 million bond package deal, Fayetteville residents authorized quite a few upgrades to parks and recreation amenities. Among the many upgrades is the development of two multi-purpose senior facilities.
After months of website preparation, development on the Invoice Crisp Senior Heart started in earnest in March of 2021, with completion scheduled for Spring 2022. Will probably be named for the late Fayetteville Metropolis Council member and can embrace a health heart, locker rooms, lounge areas, warm-water pool, program rooms, arts and crafts program room and a commercial-grade kitchen. Situated with frontage on Lake Rim and accessible from Previous Raeford Street, the power is immediately throughout from Lake Rim Park.
In the meantime, a second facility, Senior Heart East, is at the moment set to start development subsequent spring, with ribbon-cutting scheduled for Spring 2023. Senior Heart East might be constructed on land owned by the town alongside the west aspect of Murchison Street between Filter Plant Drive and Washington Drive. Among the many options of this second facility might be an indoor racquetball courtroom, health gear studio, library and a big multi-purpose room and kitchen that might be accessible for leases, and can embrace a billiards desk, locker rooms and heat water pool.
Fayetteville and Cumberland County haven’t seen any new senior-citizen targeted amenities for the reason that mid-2000s, with the rework of Tokay Senior Health Facility. So, parks and recreation workers are ecstatic to have the ability to provide providers in new, extra practical programming amenities. As part of the funding, each amenities might be fully-equipped with new furnishings, train gear and provides.
For extra info & development updates please confer with our web site, http://www.fcpr.us/parksbond.
In closing, I might encourage the senior residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County to not consider being a senior as a restriction or inevitable finish of life part. As an alternative, within the phrases of one among my mentors and former Senior Applications Supervisor Mary Swick: “Consider being a senior such as you have been a senior in highschool. Seniority will get precedence!”
Seniors — you’ve labored arduous to earn these years of life expertise these new amenities will now give you the proper alternative to place these years of expertise to make use of.
Brian Gaskell is a member of The Fayetteville Observer’s Group Advisory Board & an Assistant Recreation Heart Supervisor with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Senior Residents Applications. He might be reached on the Tokay Senior Health Heart, 910-433-1414, or by way of e-mail, at BrianGaskell@FayettevilleNC.gov
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