North San Antonio Edition - June 2022



New North San Antonio senior center to open in late summer B exar County residents can now register for upcoming free exercise and wellness asset to all seniors in San Antonio,” Courage said. Courage said the District 9 senior BY EDMOND ORTIZ

center will be equipped with a tness center, a dining hall, computer rooms, classrooms, a game room and direct access to Walker Ranch Park. “This will be a space not only to come and socialize, but to learn and stay active,” Courage said. Planned daily and weekly pro- gramming will include dance; health education and screenings; social activities, such as movie screenings and eld trips; access to social services; a mini-library; and arts and crafts. Additionally, the center has covered outdoor seating; standard and Americans with Disabilities Act-com- pliant parking spaces; and a vehicular drop-o area. The center will also provide trans- portation for older adults unable to drive and who also live within a 5-mile radius of the facility. Courage said the new senior center also complements Walker Ranch Park, which will undergo $500,000 in improvements funded by the city’s newly-passed $1.2 billion bond. This spring, the city used $306,000 from the council’s 2020 infrastructure management fund to build a perma- nent restroom in the park. “Health and wellness has been a critical part of our planning with this center and with projects across the city. We want to create a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating, learning and staying active,” Courage said.

classes, nutritious meals and other planned oerings at San Antonio’s newest public senior center. City ocials said a grand opening is tentatively scheduled this August for Walker Ranch Senior Center, located at 835 W. Rhapsody Drive. Construc- tion on the rst senior center located in City Council District 9 began next to Walker Ranch Park in March 2021. The $14.6 million, 26,337-square- foot construction project is funded by San Antonio’s 2017 voter-approved bond package. The facility will host a range of recreational programming for senior citizens as well as activities for residents of all ages, community meeting space and District 9 council constituent services. District 9 Council Member John Courage said many residents in the north central part of town have long sought a public senior/community center closer to them. Until now, North Side senior citizens have had to visit other sites, such as the Bob Ross Senior Center on Babcock Road or the Northeast Senior Center on Thousand Oaks Drive, to enjoy recreational opportunities oered by the city. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see this project come to fruition. There have been years of planning and community conversations to make this facility the best in the city. This is much needed and will be a huge

The Walker Ranch Senior Center was in the nal phase of construction in May. The grand opening for San Antonio’s newest public senior center is slated for August.


AN ACTIVE SENIOR CENTER Focused on senior citizens but welcoming all ages, the Walker Ranch Senior Center is set to oer various amenities, including:

Nutritious midday meals

Social activities and games

Exercise and wellness

Access to city constituent and social services

Technology and computer classes

The new center’s interior lets in a lot of sunlight.

Public meeting space

FREE Bexar County residents age 60 and older to become a member of any San Antonio city senior center. GET INVOLVED It is free for

Residents must ll out a registration

A client intake form must also be

packet. However, members of an existing city senior center need not reregister.

completed to receive a nutritious meal at the comprehensive center.

Walker Ranch Senior Center 835 W. Rhapsody Drive 210-207-7172 7 a.m.-4p.m. Mon.-Fri., closed Sat.-Sun.


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