Asheville Parks & Recreation considers renaming Senior Alternative Group Middle

Senior Alternative Group Middle holds many reminiscences for Ashevillians of all ages. Like town during which it’s situated, the constructing, workers, and frequent guests have seen many adjustments – and one of many greatest could also be within the close to future. Over the previous few weeks, Asheville Parks & Recreation has been asking customers of the neighborhood heart on 36 Grove Avenue, “What’s in a reputation?”

“As the middle has developed over the time, so has the best way older adults and retirees view themselves,” in response to Shateisha Bowden, Facility Supervisor on the heart. “As folks reside longer and extra actively, it’s maybe unsurprising {that a} ‘senior alternative heart’ would possibly seem to be a spot for people who find themselves ‘previous’ or ‘aged,’ not somebody nonetheless within the prime of life. As 50+, 65+, 75+, and older develop into extra arbitrary distinctions, the identify of the middle could not match the modern-day expertise of growing old or its goal as a hub for neighbors within the Downtown, South Slope, South French Broad, and WECAN neighborhoods, in addition to others close by.”

In the present day, Senior Alternative Group Middle stays a focus for lively older adults to attach with important companies that assist them keep wholesome and unbiased, however provides way more to the neighborhood basically together with social, cultural, and leisure actions; schooling and humanities packages; well being, train, and wellness alternatives; meals and vitamin companies; volunteer, advocacy, and civic engagement info; and particular occasions. The constructing is analogous in mission to Harvest Home, one other Asheville Parks & Recreation neighborhood heart targeted on wants of town’s actively growing old residents. Because of this, the Metropolis of Asheville is exploring the potential for renaming the Senior Alternative Group Middle in accordance with its naming coverage.

Following discussions and submissions from those that already use the middle, a location-based identify – akin to Downtown Asheville Group Middle or Grove Avenue Group Middle – seems to be the choice. From Might 9-22, Asheville residents are invited to supply enter on-line concerning the future identify and share any particular reminiscences, connections, or pictures of the middle by emailing


Asheville Parks & Recreation

Established in 1954, the Asheville Parks & Recreation Division manages a singular assortment of greater than 65 public parks, playgrounds, and open areas all through town in a system that additionally contains full-complex recreation facilities, swimming swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports activities fields and courts, and neighborhood facilities that supply quite a lot of wellness-, education-, and culture-related packages for Ashevillians of all ages. With 8 miles of paved greenways and quite a few pure floor trails, its full portfolio acts as the inspiration of a vibrant hub for the folks of Asheville to attach with their neighbors and discover the pure fantastic thing about a livable and walkable metropolis.

Pushed by the promise that Asheville is a greater and safer place when everybody from infants to retirees has the chance to be supported, wholesome, and profitable, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the primary nationally-accredited municipal recreation division in america. For the most recent updates, observe the division on Fb @aprca and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation or go to


Senior Alternative Middle

When Senior Alternative Middle opened within the Nineteen Seventies, it was a neighborhood useful resource constructing specializing in programming and outreach companies for senior residents. Transferred to the Metropolis of Asheville by the Wright household in 1974, the middle on 36 Grove Avenue was developed by Asheville Parks & Recreation and Buncombe County Well being Division underneath the course of Mayor Richard Wooden who had championed a number of initiatives as a part of the Mannequin Cities antipoverty program. That initiative and the Older People Act of 1965, amongst others, have been a part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Nice Society reforms.

Situated comparatively near reasonably priced housing for seniors at Aston Towers and Vanderbilt Residences, the middle challenged the common-at-the-time notion that growing old solely be related to declining well being, out-of-touch look, dependency, incapacity, and irrelevance. In 1978, the close by Battery Park Resort was redeveloped into sponsored residences for seniors, persevering with to acknowledge that older adults carry important financial and civic property to the Asheville neighborhood.

Within the early years, the entities now often called Buncombe County Growing older & Grownup Companies, Land of Sky Space Company on Growing older, and Council on Growing older of Buncombe County had places of work on the Senior Alternative Middle to offer social companies. Asheville Parks & Recreation workers and neighborhood volunteers supplied meals, arts and crafts courses, golf equipment for particular pursuits and hobbies, cultural experiences, and extra alternatives to remain lively whereas growing old.

All through the Nineteen Eighties-2000s, renovations and updates included a industrial kitchen, expanded craft room, ceramic kiln, greenhouse, drop-off driveway, and outside picnic seating. Throughout the Nice Recession, Senior Alternative Middle programming was moved to West Asheville Group Middle for a short while as each served comparable populations. Nevertheless, the Asheville-Buncombe Human Relations Council satisfied Asheville Parks & Recreation to maneuver the entire packages again to the middle on Grove Avenue the place they’ve remained.


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