Seniors to voice their wishes for new activity centre

Seniors eager to get a new seniors’ centre in Stettler will have an opportunity next week to provide direct input.

NEW HOME IN THE CARDS — While residents enjoy playing cards in the Stettler Senior Citizens’ Drop-In Centre

Seniors eager to get a new seniors’ centre in Stettler will have an opportunity next week to provide direct input.

They’ve been invited to view and assess draft-design plans for the proposed new home in Stettler Recreation Centre conference room during a forum next Tuesday at that location.

“The architect will show the design plans, and then we want to have time to get reaction and further suggestions from seniors and other users,” said Town of Stettler Coun. Malcolm Fischer, who chairs a committee that includes representatives from seniors’ social groups and the County of Stettler.

“We are trying to do the best thing for the greatest number of people for the most-economical cost, with available funding.”

With projected costs and suggestions and support from seniors and user groups, the project will further be discussed by town and county councils, which plan to set the next steps.

Specifications for a functional, flexible and affordable seniors’ activity centre have been prepared, as seniors appear to support a proposal to relocate to the SRC upstairs in the conference room.

Part of the plan is to create 33 new parking spaces for seniors on the west side of the SRC, with a nearby exterior entrance.

Additional parking spaces are also being proposed for the main parking lot.

Over the past year, the committee has consulted with various groups of seniors, who have offered multiple suggestions to make the room most viable.

“Each of the groups that have talked to us appreciate that,” Fischer said.

The larger space would provide ample room to host large events, such as cribbage tournaments and dances, while two adjoining smaller rooms would allow for work spaces for quilting and a pool room.

While the room is pegged to become a seniors’ centre, it would also still be available to other groups for various events and activities, Fischer said.

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