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Crystal Lake Park District opens new senior center

CL Park District opens new senior center

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 11:00 p.m. CDT
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Alexis Peterson, 16, of Wauconda watches as Adeline Blitek of Crystal Lake tries Wii bowling Saturday during the Crystal Lake Park District Grand Oaks Active Senior Center grand opening celebration in Crystal Lake. The center offers drop in programs as well as specific fitness classes and will offer seniors more of a home for a variety of activities.
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Four Strings Attached director Martin Lopez plays with a group of kids Saturday during the Crystal Lake Park District Grand Oaks Active Senior Center grand opening celebration in Crystal Lake. The center offers drop in programs as well as specific fitness classes and will offer seniors more of a home for a variety of activities.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Whether it is through card games or yoga, there is a new place in Crystal Lake for seniors to socialize and stay active.

After years of hosting events in Park Place Banquet Facility, Crystal Lake Park District officials have found a more permanent home for senior activities at the new Grand Oaks Active Senior Center on 1401 W. Route 176.

Jennifer Peterson, recreation supervisor for Crystal Lake Park District, said the transition has been more than a year in the making and will allow the programs and events to be more consistent.

“Anytime an event would be booked at Park Place we would have to cancel what we had scheduled,” Peterson said. “It was a good space, but it wasn’t ideal.”

Space at 1401 W. Route 176 opened after the park district got out of the day care business. Peterson said the new space provides a great view and scheduling certainty that now features a Monday through Friday schedule with programs from 9 a.m. to noon instead of the previous Monday through Thursday with events from 10 a.m. to noon.

After a soft opening on June 9 that saw the park district roll out the different events and schedules, seniors and their families were treated to a grand opening Saturday that gave them a taste of all the new center has to offer.

Activities included a stained glass class, Wii bowling, card games, yoga, baggo and dance classes, among others.

“It was a huge turnout and we were really pleased,” Peterson said. “A lot more people know we are out here now.”

Bill Markison, who has been a leader for numerous senior organizations in the past decade, said the switch should be beneficial but change can always be a little difficult for some at first, especially if it means a further drive to the location on Route 176.

“Seniors are just not aware of things going on in the area all the time,” Markison said. “It’s good they decided to move and I think it will bring out more people.”

For more information about the events and programs offered at the center, visit www.crystallakeparks.org/Programs/seniors-general.asp or call 815-459-0680, ext. 1219.

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