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What do you want in a senior center?

What do you think should be included in a regional community/senior center in Rochester?

Community members will have an opportunity to provide ideas on what elements to include in the design of a new Regional Community/Senior Center during two upcoming meetings.

The Rochester City Council slated $26 million in revenue from the possible extension of Rochester's half-cent sales tax to expand Rochester Recreation Center with a new senior center. The sales tax still has to be approved by the Legislature and put to a public vote.

"We what to find out what their hopes and dreams might be of a community and senior center," said Sally Gallagher, executive director of the Rochester Senior Center .

The comments will be included along with information about what works at senior centers across the country and a community survey conducted in 2006, Gallagher said.


"We want to follow up and try to listen to what our community needs are," she said. "We really want to build a community center that will impact the community in a lot of ways."

At this point there's no building plan, Gallagher said. However, the idea of renovating the current Recreation Center will allow the senior center to save resources by creating a joint facility, she said. For example, seniors could use the gym during the day while youths and community members would use it in the evening, she said.

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