Why did the City of Waterloo decide to expand and how will having adult programming next door benefit Older Adults living in Waterloo?
The buildings that housed the Adult Recreation Centre and RCAFA Wing 404, (Royal Canadian Air Force Association of Canada) were old and needed updating and the City of Waterloo’s Older Adult Strategy recommended moving all older adult activities under one new, centralized space. When the Waterloo Memorial Rec Centre was planning its expansion, it only made sense to include the Older Adult Pavilion.
What are your hopes for community partnerships?
Anything IS possible in terms of a partnership with residents of Luther Village on the Park. We could co-run events & programs maybe offer a morning social group or share an art program. We want to offer some fun and innovative, intergenerational programming and since there’s mutual interest in partnering together, this could be a great opportunity for Luther Village and the Rec Centre. Maybe we could collaborate and offer a knitting group that donates items to the community, like our current group does.
What is a fun thing you can share about the new Rec Complex/ Seniors Centre that the public may not be aware of?
There is no basement in this new facility, and we will have a nice glassed-in courtyard!
When is it expected to open?
Our hope is to open sometime in the fall – perhaps September or December 2021 - if constructions stays on track. Our programs should be ready to go as of December, unless of course COVID throws a wrench in that plan.
Can you highlight some of the programs and activities that will take place there?
Many of the same programs we offered in the Activity Guides, as well as new ones of course! Card programs, Intergenerational programs, Ukulele Club, Walking Groups, Tai Chi, Zumba, Lecture Series, Coffee Chats & Trivia, Yoga, Aquatic & Fitness programs. We are excited about all the additional space we will have for all these wonderful offerings.
What aspects of the project are you most excited about?
The newness of the building, the increased flow of traffic and the excitement when folks see our new facility. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to offer 'non-traditional’ programs the community may want us to offer.