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New Baltimore Parks and Rec Director Has Senior Center Aspirations

About 80 seniors utilize existing programs at the rec center each week.

New Baltimore’s park and recreation director says he hopes to better cater to local seniors in the future.

“We’d like to have a vibrant senior center,” Brian Kay said Wednesday, a sentiment he brought up at the last City Council meeting.

It’s not known when or if a senior center could be created because of funding and space limitations. Among the possibilities to explore are building a center or adding on to the existing recreation center on Washington Street, he said.

There are roughly 80 seniors who utilize the facility each week, but there’s not always enough room for additional programs or people in the center.

“Ultimately, it’s going to come down to a decision of what the city wants to do with the recreation building,” Kay said.

In the past, Mayor Larry Smith tried to secure a lease deal with Anchor Bay Schools to access the aquatic center and school space for the rec department. That proposal was eventually turned down by the city.

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