Seniors welcome re-opening of Sackville re centre
Violet Keys, Marion Gray and Dorothy Lycett couldn’t wait to get back to the cafeteria for breakfast and to chat.
The three women were among the members waiting to get in to the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre on Oct. 1.
Regular programs are slated to resume starting Oct. 21.
About $1.3 million worth of repairs and renovations closed the busy centre at Upper Wentworth and Mohawk for two months
“It’s a home away from home,” said Keys. “What would we do without it?”
Gray said she especially missed the cafeteria.
“It’s the best breakfast in town,” she said.
“I couldn’t wait to get back,” said Lycett, who noted the three women are also eager to resume their line dancing classes later this month.
The renovations include a new roof, new windows and improvements to the heating and air conditioning system.
A fresh coat of cream-coloured paint covers the walls of the hallways, offices and cafeteria.
“It’s nice, bright and cheery,” said Marianne Lee, chair of the board of finance at Sackville.
Board vice chair Barb Bartek said she was a little disappointed the bulletin boards had not been put back up when the centre reopened.
She noted the seniors check the boards frequently to see what trips are available and for other announcements.
The bulletin boards were back up earlier this week.
A short questionnaire regarding the closure is available to the members at the main counter.
“What did we do and what can we do better?” said Elanore Morton, manager of senior services in Hamilton, who encourages the members to fill out the survey.
Morton noted Sackville staff worked from about 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, shifting equipment and furniture and doing other tasks, to ready the centre for the Oct. 1 reopening.
“It was great team work,” she said.
Morton noted work on the roof should wrap up in the next week or so and there are plans to add a retractable electric awning to a small wooden shelter in the outdoor garden area on the south-east side of the building before the end of November.
Some outdoor furniture that can be taken inside during the winter will also be added to that area, possibly in the spring.
During the closure, several programs offered at Sackville were shifted to Bethel Gospel Tabernacle Church and the Hill Park Recreation Centre.
Morton noted of the 2,400 members at Sackville, 749 of those seniors registered for programs at the other facilities during the shutdown.