ADA-compliant Greater Palm Bay Senior Center re-opens

Greater Palm Bay Senior Center members Cindy Trippany, assistant treasurer; Mary Conserva; David Trippany, board president; Barbara Godwin-Hazel, treasurer; and Sylvia Fels, second vice president, prepare for the re-opening.

The Greater Palm Bay Senior Center will be reopening soon. Although it will include limited activities, bingo and movies will be part of the returning package.

“Seniors want to do something,” said Sylvia Fels, second vice president on the board. “They are tired of being home alone, and they gravitate and help each other at the center. The synergy is absolutely phenomenal here.”

Based on completion of the new construction and the hope that members will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the soft reopening will be May 17, said David Trippany, the president of the Senior Center board.

“Please understand that regardless of whether or not you have received the vaccine, masks and social distancing will still be required until the possibility of contracting the virus has passed,” Trippany said.

A members-only meeting will begin at 10 a.m. April 27 to learn how the reopening will be handled, which activities will be included in the soft opening and to have a tour of the changes in the senior center.

From April 19 to 23 and April 26, doors will be open for new and renewal memberships. On May 22, the grand reopening will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting.

Activities planned for the soft opening include art class, Golden Tones singers, billiards, golf, bingo, Pretenders, blood pressure readings, shuffleboard, bocce, woodshop, darts, chair yoga and Fitness Fun, a new exercise class geared to seniors’ physical abilities.

“The building has been re-sided and painted a golden color with new landscaping planned for needed curb appeal,” Trippany said. “A new bridge has been built, and the new sidewalks on the northside will include handrails to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The new front entrance doors and all windows are now hurricane resistant.

“Inside, we’ll soon have new flooring in the lobby/reception area, new receptionist desk and nurse station, and front hall bathrooms completely remodeled,” Trippany said. “All areas will meet ADA requirements. Construction should be completed during the first week

of April.”

For more information, call 321-724-1338 or visit the center at 1275 Culver Drive NE in Palm Bay.