The Senior Center of Elk Grove plans to move into the city’s future civic center this fall. There are now questions of what to do with the nonprofit’s 34-year-old home at 8830 Sharkey Ave.
That building is owned by local parks provider, the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD), and their staff is interested in converting the 10,700-square-foot structure into a community recreation center. If approved by the CSD board, the facility will be the district’s first recreation center east of Highway 99.
The CSD staff is now collecting ideas from the public on what kinds of recreation programs they want to see at this center. They recently met with members from 20 local nonprofits to gather feedback from them.
“We are getting all kinds of responses right now, and that’s exactly what we want,” CSD Project Manager Fred Bremermann said. “We want to hear what the community is thinking about.”
He said that ideas include recreation classes for all ages, meeting rooms for service organizations, and a preschool program.
The project is tentatively named, Beeman Recreation Center, which shares the name of the nearby Glen and Jessie Beeman Park. This center could open next spring after the CSD staff renovates the building.
Bremermann said that the building has six activity spaces and an oak tree canopy. He mentioned that possibilities include outdoor fitness activities, summer camp programs, and dog-walking activities.
Bremerman noted that the Elk Grove Lions Club currently uses the Senior Center building, and he said that the CSD is working to ensure that club’s activities are not affected after the senior center nonprofit moves.
The project manager added there are no plans to open a teen center at the Beeman Recreation Center, since the Teen Center USA is nearby.
“There’s (a teen center) right down the street; we’re not going to saturate the market with activities that already exist,” Bremermann said.
The CSD staff is hosting two community meetings on the Beeman Recreation Center this month. People who cannot attend those meetings can share their feedback by taking out an online survey at www.YourCSD.com/BeemanRecCenter or by filling out an idea sheet at the lobby of the CSD Administration Building, 8820 Elk Grove Blvd.
Bremermann said after that his staff will collect public feedback and then present the proposed project to the CSD board this fall.
Patricia Beal, the executive director of the Senior Center of Elk Grove, could not be reached for comment, as of press time.
The CSD staff will host community meetings on the recreation center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, and at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Senior Center of Elk Grove, 8830 Sharkey Ave.