Decades after lobbying began to get a senior center built in the largest city in western Massachusetts, a new state-of-the art facility will open Monday.
The new $13 million, two story 25,000-square foot center is surrounded by nature in the city of Springfield’s Blunt Park. The building contains a large multifunction room, cafeteria, kitchen, a library, and activity rooms with exercise equipment, computers, and billiard tables, according to Peter Garvey, the city’s director of construction.
"We've toured a lot of senior centers and this one is by far the best one in Massachusetts that we saw," said Garvey.
Hundreds of politicians, dignitaries, and seniors attended a ceremony Friday to formally dedicate the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, named for the now-retired former State Representative and federal housing official.