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Senior center named for former Councilman Bill Crisp to be dedicated Tuesday

Facility is among recreation projects funded through 2016 bond package


The city of Fayetteville and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation will celebrate the opening of the Bill Crisp Senior Center with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The center, located at 7560 Raeford Road, will be open to the public after the ceremony, according to a Parks & Recreation news release. Staff members will be on hand to provide an overview of the building’s amenities and programs. 

The senior center is named for former City Councilman Bill Crisp, who was first elected to represent District 6 in 2007. Crisp was known as the “dean” of the council and served six terms, according to the news release. 

The City Council voted unanimously to name the center for Crisp on April 6, 2021, just a few months before Crisp died on July 28, 2021, at age 81.

Crisp was an advocate for providing seniors with opportunities to remain healthy, active and engaged in the community, the release said.

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The 19,619-square-foot building overlooks Lake Rim and features a warm-water pool, fitness center, dance room, multipurpose space, full kitchen, and lounge areas, the release said. It will cater to people ages 55 and older.

Activities offered will include arts and crafts, chess, a book club, dominoes, bingo, bridge, mahjong, yoga, line dancing, a walking club, phone and laptop classes, aqua fitness, Zumba and Tai Chi. More information is at Bill Crisp Senior Center.

A Christmas celebration is planned for Dec. 8, and a Valentine’s dance is set for Feb. 9.

Hours for the center will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The Bill Crisp center will be one of three senior centers operated by the Parks & Recreation department, the news release said. 

The city recently broke ground for Senior Center East at 917 Washington Drive. It is under construction and is expected to be completed late next year, the release said.  

The two new senior centers are both among the projects funded by the 2016 Parks and Recreation Bond. Other bond projects in that package include six splash pads; park and playground improvements; extending the Cape Fear River Trail; a downtown skate park; a tennis center; recreation center renovations; and a sports complex in partnership with Fort Bragg, according to the news release. 

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