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Groundbreaking scheduled for new senior center off Murchison Road

Washington Drive facility scheduled to be completed late next year


A groundbreaking ceremony is planned Monday for a second senior center approved by voters in a referendum on a parks and recreation bond package.

The groundbreaking for the future Senior Center East will be at 10 a.m. Monday at 917 Washington Drive, off Murchison Road.

The new center, to be operated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation, is scheduled to be completed next year. The Bill Crisp Senior Center overlooking Lake Rim, approved as part of the same bond package, is nearing completion and will open in the coming month, according to a city news release. 

The $9.2 million Senior Center East will feature a warmwater pool; fitness room; two racquetball courts; a multipurpose room; a library; indoor and outdoor lounge areas; billiards and cards rooms; and a kitchen.

Seniors will be able to participate in a variety of physical and mental health programs at the center, the release said. The facility also will accommodate community meetings and potential athletic competitions for seniors.

Parks and Recreation Director Michael Gibson says architects incorporated feedback from local seniors in the building’s design.

“I look forward to opening the doors of the Senior Center East late next year to provide opportunities for this population to engage in their community,” Gibson said in the news release.

The new center will be within walking distance of Fayetteville State University and a short distance from Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

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