Target: Complete construction of the 2nd Senior Center by 2024.
Current performance: On Track
The Tallahassee Senior Center (TSC) operates at full capacity for scheduling programs, classes, and activities for our community’s large and growing demographic of people age 50+. The current location is fully occupied, preventing additional fitness, wellness, lifelong learning, and other recreational opportunities. Each month, 180 different programs and activities are offered at the TSC or one of its neighborhood sites, 40 more opportunities than offered five years ago. Close to 500 people participate at the TSC on a daily basis, and approximately 5,000 attend at least one activity or event each month. Often, activities share space in the existing building. Parking remains a challenge, with no additional land on which to expand. In 2014, funding for a 2nd Senior Center was approved as part of the City’s portion of the Blueprint 2020 Sales Tax Funds.
The City has been tracking participation trends in the past several years. In 2018, staff met with many stakeholders who use the TSC, including advisory councils, boards, participants, volunteers, groups and organizations, and seniors in general. Eleven public meetings were held, and more than 400 paper and on-line surveys were received with valuable feedback for the new center.
This new facility will model a complete Senior Center with a broad array of program offerings. Program spaces could include Lifelong Learning and Wellness classrooms, Art Studio, welcoming lobby and pre-event space, cards and game room, and a gymnasium that can accommodate pickleball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and multiple table tennis tables. Preliminary design is complete, and we are evaluating construction costs to move to the next steps. Groundbreaking for the 2nd Senior Center is anticipated to occur in Spring of 2023 and full construction completed by 2024.
Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs. Last updated: August 2022.