When it reopens after being closed for a year because of Covid, the Albany Senior Center in Monteith Riverpark will try to attract residents of a wider age range and may operate under a new name.
Kim Lyddane, the city’s parks and recreation director, is on the agenda of the city council’s work session at 4 p.m. Monday to talk about plans to reopen the center.
An advance notice of the council session said the discussion would be about “renaming of Albany Senior Center to Albany Community Center and reopening plans.”
In a memo to the council, Lyddane didn’t mention renaming the building, so it’s not clear whether that’s still part of the plan.
Because of the virus outbreak, the center has been closed to drop-in programs since March 2020. In her council memo, Lyddane wrote:
“As facilities reopen, there are unknowns regarding how many patrons will return, in what capacity, and on what timeline. These unknowns make it incredibly important for the department to focus on cost recovery, revenue generation, and finding ways to continue providing quality customer service.
“Due to COVID-19 modifications, the city’s and the department’s financial positions, changes in recreation trends/needs, and feedback from the 2021 Master Plan, staff aim to expand offerings at the facility. The center will still be a trusted, valuable place for seniors in the community but will have additional opportunities for more residents to get involved and find a place to recreate.”
Lyddane didn’t give a timeline for reopening. Perhaps the council discussion Monday will yield an approximate date, along with more info about the center’s name. (hh)