Planning for the Puyallup Activity Center, which opened in 2006, began back in 2002.
“It took four years and we were able to include the things I felt were really important,” said Doug McCormick, Senior Services supervisor.
McCormick and his staff were emphatic about helping seniors age in their own community. When asked, after ten years, if the Puyallup Activity Center had achieved most of its goals set in 2002, McCormick answered, “Absolutely!”
The public is invited to help the center celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 26). Refreshments will be served.
The Senior Forum, a group of older adult participants who have an interest in the activity center and have been coordinating the celebration event, will be on hand to guide guests through the area and answer any questions. Members of the forum meet on a monthly basis and make suggestions as to how to improve services, McCormick said.
The goal of the celebration event is to spread the word about all that the center has to offer such as classes, travel opportunities, exercise and computer rooms and more.
“We want people who have never been in our facility before to have an opportunity to come in and see the programs and services that we have,” he said.
On tap for Friday is a photo display, featuring the former senior activity center, located on the same spot, to the grand opening through current day. There also will be demonstrations by quilters, wood carvers and card-making groups, plus self-guided tours through the center.
Shelby Grenon, Senior Services assistant, has worked at the center for two years and is thrilled to be part of the celebration.
“I feel my heart is with the senior population,” she said. “They know what they want and they tell you exactly how they feel. I have a heartfelt passion for this generation.”
McCormick is grateful for Grenon’s help and said that the folks who frequent the center respond to her.
“They express every day how much they appreciate Shelby,” he said.
The activity center has grown up by leaps and bounds, according to McCormick, who added that it serves at least 1,200 people a year.
“We’ve always had good coordinators and provided programs and services, but moving into the new facility allowed us to take it to a bigger scale for older adults,” he said.
The original Puyallup Senior Center started out in the War Memorial building on Meridian, where it served the community for two years.
“Many of our folks remembered when they went there for community dances and activities, and the public did respond,” McCormick said.
When they moved to the new activity center, the staff was able to offer so much more.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Catholic Community Services serves a meal at 11:30 a.m. for the price of $3 for seniors and $5.75 for non-seniors. The center is also available for rental at an extremely reasonable rate.
“The rental service is one of our revenue streams, and helps us to be able to provide services,” said McCormick, who said without the center’s group of volunteers, it wouldn’t be able to provide all the services that are currently available.
McCormick and his staff are looking forward to Friday’s celebration.
“I’m excited about this event,” he said. “I’ve been jazzed about this for a long time and thinking about it for several years, how the place has grown and all our achievements and accomplishments. People grow because of their use of the facility. They make friends and lead longer and healthier lives. The Puyallup Activity Center helps people sustain themselves in their own community.”
Puyallup Activity Center
Where: 210 W Pioneer Ave, Puyallup
For more information: 253-841-5555