After more than a decade of planning and years of work, the senior residents of Coral Gables now have a brand new center for activities and recreation.
A grand opening ceremony Friday at the adult activity center’s new location, 2 Andalusia Ave., was filled with older residents and members of the city’s senior advisory board who were glad to see the completion of the $3.5 million project.
“We started developing our programming with the hopes of one day having a center you could call your own,” said Fred Couceyro, the city’s parks and recreation director.
Before the new center opened, programs for seniors, ages 50 and older, took place at the city’s War Memorial Youth Center. Longtime members of the city’s senior advisory board, like Evelyn Budde, said they are grateful to see the new center and glad it accommodates both seniors and the disabled.
“It’s been 12 years working on this center, it’s a big part of my life and we’re all going to gain from this,” Budde said.
The city entered into a 99-year lease in 2014 with The Palace, the luxury senior living community across the street on Andalusia, for the use of space in The Palace’s parking garage, which allowed for the center’s creation.
The activity center offers a range of programming including yoga, pilates, foreign language courses, book clubs and pickleball. The center’s users also have access to the pool, movement center and gym in the Palace.
The programs at the center are all run by volunteers. For more information on those programs or to volunteer call 305-460-5622 or visit gablesrecreation.com.