COACHELLA – A $2 million expansion and remodeling project of the Eleanor Shadowen Senior Center is complete and ready for its close up.

The City of Coachella will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the expansion and remodeling of the on Wednesday, February 26 at 9 a.m.

Ground was broken for the expansion and remodeling project on Oct. 24, 2018, according to Jacob I. Alvarez, assista to the city manager. The project included adding 2,000 square feet to the original 8,152-square-foot building so patrons do no longer feel like sardines. The expansion includes additional restrooms, a shower, and a multipurpose room. To offer multiple programs simultaneously.

An estimated 46,351 residents call Coachella home. On average, 120 residents visit the center each day.

“While that’s the amount we average, we don’t anticipate a big uptick in more seniors,” Alvarez told Uken Report.  “The expanded center will allow for the seniors to not feel so packed within the facility.  … During the pre-expansion, programs and activities all occurred within the same room which made for a chaotic area.  The expansion will now allow for existing activities/programs to be split up into different areas of the senior center.”

Exterior improvements include new landscaping, a fountain and additional parking around the building and long Seventh Street.

“For a growing number of people, the Senior Center is their home away from home,” said Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez. “These seniors are a vital part of our community and they deserve a top-quality facility where they can socialize.”

The Eleanor Shadowen Senior Center offers health screenings, nutritional programs, fitness activities and recreational opportunities.

“Each year we have more and more people utilizing the center and its services and programs,” said Maria Arcos, the senior center coordinator. “We now average more than 120 people each day, and this expansion allows us to welcome even more seniors and eventually expand our offerings.”

The Eleanor Shadowen Senior Center is located at 1540 Seventh Street, across from the new Coachella Library. The senior center project and the library building are part of the City’s Pueblo Viejo Revitalization plan.

The Eleanor Shadowen Senior Center was created as a commitment to the Senior community of Coachella and Riverside County, according to the Riverside County Office on Aging. This Center was created to meet their many unmet needs by providing them the opportunity to use the community resources to help themselves overcome the many obstacles they encounter. Services that are provided at the Senior Center are as follows: Services Assistance, Information and Referral, Translation, Home Visiting, Recreation, Notary, Physical Fitness, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention program, and Health Screening, recreation, arts and crafts, card games, etc.

To learn more about the programs available at the senior center, call (760) 398-0104 between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

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  • Coachella Senior Center: CV Strategies