The newly expanded and remodeled Richardson Senior Center will officially open Tuesday, June 1. The long-awaited opening comes after a year of construction work, with senior events and classes first moved to other locations and then going online (or drive-through) amidst the pandemic. The public was invited in for “Sneak Peek” tours this week.
The “new” Senior Center features many changes that make the space more user-friendly and inviting, with all new finishes, floor coverings and furniture; a designated welcome area; more classrooms/event rooms with retractable room dividers; increased space for fitness and dining; expanded parking; and an at-grade entrance featuring a porte cochère. A theme of “bringing the outside in” is evident throughout, with wood accents and nature-themed art in colors of blue and green, and glass walls that maximize the natural light from the Center’s many windows.
Funding for the renovations came from the 2015 G.O. Bond Program, in which voters approved $4,895,000 for the Senior Center.
Memberships are open to residents and nonresidents ages 50 and up; yearly fees range from $5-$50, depending on age and residency. All current Richardson resident lifetime memberships will be honored.