Athens invests $50,000 in new activity center for seniors

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens’ former senior center will soon reopen as the city’s new hub of activity. Although the building will have a new name, much of the activities will remain the same.

The city will welcome seniors back to the Pryor Street facilities on May 2. The activities, presented in partnership with the Foundation for Aging, are expected to operate Monday through Thursday.

“We want to welcome everyone and share our ideas for the center,” said Amy Holden, who oversees special projects for the city. She will act as coordinator of the center and liaison officer with the Foundation.

The City of Athens invested $50,000 in the new facility, starting with the replacement of the roof late last year. Other renovations such as new carpets, tiles, paint, toilets and a deep cleaning of the building came later.

Golden said seniors interested in the Athens Activity Center and its program are invited to a lemonade social on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other opening activities include:

  • May 3: Play day with cornhole, dominoes, card games and more!
  • May 4: Dancercise from 9.30am to 11am (after this week, dancercise will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time)
  • May 5: Live music from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and games

“I’m ready to see older people back in our building laughing, socializing and having fun,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said.

Marks said that in addition to regular operations, the facility will be available for rental. For more information on rental costs, availability and requirements, call 256-262-1525.


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