Newly renovated Senior Center debuts in Richardson

The layout of the center is now more open, which allows members to feel connected to the different activities happening in the space. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
The layout of the center is now more open, which allows members to feel connected to the different activities happening in the space. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

The layout of the center is now more open, which allows members to feel connected to the different activities happening in the space. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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An enlarged kitchen and dining area is part of the renovations. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The renovated center includes a large fitness room with new exercise equipment. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Robins Nest is an in-house boutique that features items made by seniors. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The pool room has been sectioned off to prevent noise from disturbing other visitors. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Events such as popsicle parties are held at the center. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Large multipurpose rooms with movable walls can be used for exercise and dance classes, events and more. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
After a nearly 14-month closure, city officials celebrated the opening of Richardson’s newly renovated Senior Center at a June 25 ribbon-cutting.

Voters approved nearly $5 million in renovations to the Richardson Senior Center as part of the city’s 2015 bond package. The project ended up costing closer to $8 million, city Assistant Director of Engineering Jim Dulac told Community Impact Newspaper in December.

Construction began in the early spring of last year, shortly before the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the footprint of the building did not change, the layout is now more open, which allows members to feel connected to the different activities happening in the space, Program and Senior Center Manager Beth Owens said.

Among the upgrades are a bigger fitness room, an enlarged kitchen and dining area, two large multipurpose rooms with movable walls, bigger classrooms and a drive-up covered entrance.


Owens said the center’s members are thrilled to be able to return to the facility after a year of social isolation.

“They were so ready to come back, not just to see the building, but to see their friends again and to have some sort of structure in their day,” she said.

At a May 3 meeting, City Council voted to approve a new tiered fee structure for annual memberships that ranges between $5 and $50 per year, depending on age and whether the member is a resident of Richardson. Owens said about 30% of the center’s members are nonresidents.

“It’s great to be able to see the older population take an active role in the community and to stay active,” Owens said.

The center is currently open with modified hours of Monday-Friday from 8 p.m.-4 p.m. Owens said the shift back to normal hours will be determined based on the demand and the health of the community.

For more information on the center, visit this link.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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