Parker Senior Center reopens with party

Facility offers classes, games, luncheons

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/28/21

For many Parker seniors, the full reopening of a local community center represents a path to reconnecting after a year and a half of isolation prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parker Senior …

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Parker Senior Center reopens with party

Facility offers classes, games, luncheons

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For many Parker seniors, the full reopening of a local community center represents a path to reconnecting after a year and a half of isolation prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Parker Senior Center, located at 10675 Longs Way, celebrated its reopening during an Oktoberfest-themed event Sept. 23.

Barbara Assante, a member of the senior center, said the return of services and events at the center represents “joy and happiness and interactions” for her.

“The people here are so nice and friendly,” Assante said. “It’s so good to have friends.”

The Sept. 28 event featured tours of the facility, line dances, German-style food, singing and conversations among attendees.

The senior center, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday through Friday, serves as a meeting place and activity hub for its more than 600 members. The center serves adults 50 and older in Douglas County and costs $48 per year to join.

“The main thing that the Parker Senior Center does is it connects people with others,” said Louise West, the administrative assistant. “So when we closed, it was really tough.”

Like many organizations, the senior center closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the center couldn’t put on its regular events, it eventually offered limited, socially-distanced programs such as a drive-in pancake breakfast and outdoor concerts, said Donna Foerster, the events and fundraising chair for the center. 

Beginning in July, the center started to reopen bit by bit and is now offering all its usual events and programs. Offerings include games, luncheons, exercise classes, outings and day trips with the club.

“I think the reopening is really profound for our members,” West said. “Because they’re now reconnected with their friends.” 

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