Fayetteville breaks ground on second Senior Center

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A ground-breaking ceremony was recently held for the future Senior Center East at 917 Washington Dr. in Fayetteville – the second structure of its kind in recent years opened by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation. The Bill Crisp Senior Center overlooking Lake Rim is nearing completion and will be opening in the coming month.

The $9.2 million Senior Center East is a voter-approved Parks and Recreation Bond project and is expected to be completed late next year.  It will feature a warm water pool, fitness and exercise room, two racquetball courts, a multi-purpose room, library, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, locker rooms, billiards room, a card room and a kitchen. Seniors will be able to participate in a variety of physical and mental health programs and activities at the Center. The facility will also be available for other uses which may include community group meetings for those with common interests and potential athletic competitions for seniors.

FCPR director Michael Gibson says architects incorporated feedback from local seniors when considering the building design to ensure it meets the needs of those who it will serve daily.

“I look forward to opening the doors of the Senior Center East late next year to provide opportunities for this population to engage in their community,” Gibson said. “Our FCPR staff members are already familiar with seniors in the area and we know they are ready to enjoy this state-of-the-art facility.”

The Senior Center East facility, like the Bill Crisp Senior Center, will be easily accessible and free to those age 55+. In the future, seniors will be able to use the Fayetteville Area System of Transit route 12 bus to travel to the center or arrange a ride via FASTtrac! ADA service if eligible.

The new center will be located within walking distance of Fayetteville State University. It is a short distance from Martin Luther King Jr. Park and the growing gateway plaza near the intersection of Murchison Road, Bragg Boulevard and Rowan Street.

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