Parking, second-floor location not favourable for most seniors

I am writing about my concerns regarding an article that appeared in the May 23 edition of the Stettler Independent, entitled

Dear Editor:

I am writing about my concerns regarding an article that appeared in the May 23 edition of the Stettler Independent, entitled “Rec Centre deemed best site for seniors.”

About three years ago, a delegation of seniors from the Stettler Seniors’ Drop-In Centre met with Town of Stettler council and at that time, they promised us a place for the seniors’ centre that would be on ground level and have good parking available to the seniors.

With their latest recommendation of Stettler Recreation Centre, I am wondering if this is a joke.

The meeting room they offered us is on the second floor and the closest parking to the meeting room is about 200 feet away in order to get to the room.

In March 2012, there were two forums held to meet with seniors, and I was present at both those meetings.

At the forum, I saw people there who do not live in Stettler and also others who have never attended the Stettler Seniors’ Drop-In Centre.

If this forum would have been held in Red Deer, you would have had the same result.

Also, a steering committee went out to rural Alberta to check on other senior citizens’ centres.

I doubt if they found any senior citizens’ centres on the second floor of a building and the closest parking being 200 feet away.

Most of the senior citizens that use Stettler Seniors’ Drop-In Centre are not 55-year-old people; most of us who utilize this drop-in centre are 75 years and older, with our oldest member 94 years old.

Consequently, many of us have difficulty walking 200 feet or more.

The recreation centre is a lovely facility, however, it is widely used and parking is not always close to the door, especially during hockey season.

During the winter months, this parking lot is also very icy and makes it very treacherous for seniors. Many of our activities are held in the evenings, so the parking lot can be congested.

If seniors are dropped off at the door, this might help alleviate some of the problems, but most seniors are driving themselves there.

I feel sorry for the seniors that have trouble walking and are going to lose their right to attend the seniors’ centre because of poor accessibility.

A concerned senior citizen,

Len Schofer,

Stettler

Just Posted

Stettler Elementary donates to Red Cross

Funds to help victims of Hurricane Florence

Tips for a stress free Christmas

Easy changes and your family can get back to basics

Our Town Stettler

HMCS Stettler was a River-Class frigate

Castor, Forestburg, coal workers get $257,644 to transition to low-carbon economy

Two transition centres will serve seven communities in the Battler River Region

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides

Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA

Legislators urged Trump not to sign the agreement unless the language was removed.

Grande Prairie RCMP charge 19 men, ranging in age from 23 to 69, in prostitution sting

Three-day operation targets sex activities in the downtown area

Most Read