Letter: Senior centre design not functional
To the editor:
As a designated “Pioneer of the City,” and as an active member of the Water Street Seniors Society, I was excited to hear that our new location was to be at the Parkinson Rec Centre.
Great visions of sugarplums danced in my head. For one bus trip or one daily drive, we could participate at the pool, the exercise facilities, the new walkways, have lunch at our new senior centre and play all day!
What a shock it was to see the new plans. There will be two floors and fewer useable square feet. The location of the kitchen means that to serve our 100+ members coffee, tea and snacks on a Saturday afternoon, we will have to trolley the urns of hot coffee and tea and serve them where? The room will be jam packed.
The kitchen at the present location is adjacent to the hall and refreshments are served from the counter.
The washrooms are totally inadequate as well.
The foresight of our fathers gave us a fine senior facility. The city wants us out of there for the yacht club.
Our council must now redeem itself.
How? Scrap the plans with the fancy architectural glass foyers and give us useable space large enough to accommodate our present members, with larger washrooms, more storage space and a revised kitchen. This building should be built to serve Kelowna seniors for many years to come.