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Seniors need a dedicated centre
Re: “Single Minoru Park building offers most flexibility”(Richmond Review, June 18).
I have been a member of the Minoru Place Activity Centre for more than five years and have been involved in several of the activities offered there. As the centre is becoming more and more utilized by more and more seniors we were very excited at the prospect of the new larger seniors centre. While I fully understand the need to incorporate best practices and trends the idea that seniors compromise and co-operate with other groups that will ultimately in reality offer less than they are presently utilizing is an unthinkable solution.
If taken a vote I would think that every senior would unanimously choose to stay exactly where we are now. The reality is that demographically the seniors will be the spike of the population for at least the next 20 years. So while I agree that space should be well built that eventually could be put to other uses the safety and well-being of the rapidly growing baby boomers flooding our community should be given priority over other perceived requirements at this time.
Many of us, myself included are handicapped and would find multipurpose rooms not dedicated to the needs of seniors to be overwhelming and perhaps even a little bit scary. As seniors are living longer, more and more programs will be developed that will incorporate morning, noon and night use of the senior facility. We will require dedicated parking with plenty for handicap, dedicated washrooms, social spaces and exercise spaces.
At present the facility has a dedicated billiards room which is in constant use. It would be a tragedy if that was no longer available. The seniors cafeteria offers excellent and nutritious choices for seniors and we would be reluctant to share a hubbub of a multiuse cafeteria. Seniors have compromised and co-operated their entire lives.
I urge city council to build us the large, safe, functional and dedicated facility that we so richly deserve. If not, leave us where we are!