New senior center to sit among a grove of trees, cater to active adult lifestyle

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Frisco will be getting a new senior center, though the city is opting to refer to it as an active adults center.

The Grove at Frisco Commons will soon be under construction and will replace the Senior Center at Frisco Square, which will eventually be converted into city administrative offices. The facility is being built among a grove of trees—hence the name—between Frisco Commons and Bi Centennial parks.

The green space around the new center will allow opportunities for more outdoor activities and new programs, such as yoga, sports and community events.

“What we’re hoping, by moving the active adults center into a park, is that it will allow for more outdoor activity for the seniors and really continue to help promote health and wellness for them in different ways,” Frisco Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Keleher said.

The facility will total about 30,000 square feet, which is about twice the size of the existing senior center. Membership at the current senior center has grown to about 250 visitors per day, and that number is expected to grow with Frisco’s population.

The project is expected to cost $11.4 million—$9 million will come from voter-approved bonds, and the rest will come from park development funds. The bonds were approved in 2015. The park development funds were added to the total price tag for the center because of rising construction costs, according to the city.

The center will include a multipurpose room for classes and meetings, workout equipment and a larger billiards area, among other features. Like the current senior center, space at the new center will be available for rent.

Interactive public art will also be incorporated into the center.

Just outside the center will be patios and a walking trail.

“A lot of the seniors are interested in doing outdoor activities and walking and just being part of nature,” Keleher said. “The current senior center doesn’t really allow for that because of the way that it’s positioned. That’s the thing that most people are interested in is really being outdoors; it’s the connection back to nature.”

The Grove at Frisco Commons is expected to open in spring 2020, and construction is expected to begin in spring 2018.


Senior Center at Frisco Square
6670 Moore St., Frisco
972-292-6550
www.friscofun.org/seniors
Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tue., Thu. 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; closed Sun.

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Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.

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