Seniors are back home at Hendrickson
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Terry Kaszubski, a member of Silver Threads for 20 years, said she was thankful that the Firemen’s Field Clubhouse was available to serve as the temporary home of Silver Threads while the renovations were being completed at Hendrickson Park. But that didn’t squelch her desire to return.
“I missed it very much,” she said of the Community Center. “It’s like my home away from home. I just felt very comfortable here.”
Like her friends, Kaszubski is impressed with the building, particularly the cleanliness of the whole facility. Arline Massa agreed. “It’s bright, it’s clean,” she said.
The Community Center has five meeting rooms. It used to have only two, however an additional three rooms were created from space that used to house the Recreation Department’s offices. The building has been designed to withstand floods. All of the walls and floors are water resistant, all electrical outlets and appliances are at least three feet off the ground and all furniture is water proof.
Mayor Ed Fare said that it was always his intention to have the seniors return to Hendrickson Park. He said they now have plenty of space to themselves, and there is plenty of room for the Silver Threads program to grow. At a recent welcome back reception for the seniors, he explained the renovation process and the thought that went in to redesigning the 46-year-old building.
Fare said the building will also be used as meeting space for local organizations and other Recreation Department programs. The village board is also considering renting out rooms for conferences or private parties. “That’s why we call it the Community Center,” he said. “It’s so much more multi-functional.”