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Future Center at Belvedere

We must keep up with the growing and changing needs of our community. From 2000 to 2020, the senior population in our area will more than double. We want to be a place of welcome for all, but we have outgrown our current Center.

Research proves that programming such as ours—centered on holistic wellness—promotes longer, healthier, happier lives. The Center needs not just more space, but space that is more functional, tailored to keep up with healthy aging best practices learned over the last 20 years.

Key differences between today’s Senior Center and plans for the future Center at Belvedere include:

Today’s Senior Center:  Welcome and Social Connection
• Lobby is too narrow and unaccommodating for crowds making it difficult for the Front Desk volunteers to provide proper customers service.
• Complete separation of first and second floors inhibits flow and interaction amongst participants and programs.
• The De Lawter Room and hallways offer limited space for small groups to chat, have an impromptu game, find quiet space for conversation, reading, etc.
• The Garden Café is limited in and seating and menu due to space constraints.
• No usable outdoor space for lawn games, sports, dining, social gatherings, or events.

Future Center at Belvedere:  Welcome and Social Connection
• Multi-level atrium creates open effect, allowing for proper flow and interaction between participants and programs as well as dedicated space for customer service delivery.
• Open social space is created within the atrium integrating the entryway, café, seating nooks, customer service and access to usable outdoor spaces.
• Seating nooks and lounges strategically placed throughout the building.
• Dedicated outdoor space and gardens for lawn games, physical and social wellness programs, and events.

Today’s Senior Center:  Fitness
• Groups exercise on hard tile floors, with no mirrors or balance bars.
• Just 1 piece of fitness equipment for nearly 2,000 members.
• No place on-site for walking, the best exercise for all ages.
• No space for outdoor wellness programs, like Tai Chi!

Future Center at Belvedere:  Fitness
• Groups will exercise in rooms with floating floors, mirrored walls, and balance bars.
• Fitness Center with around 20 pieces of aerobic and weight-training equipment, as well as free weight and stretching areas.
• Indoor walking track and outdoor walking trails.
• Gymnasium with courts for sports like basketball and badminton.
• Outdoor space for lawn sports like horseshoes and bocce, as well as Tai Chi.

Today’s Senior Center:  Lifelong Learning
• Room sizes and quantity incompatible with program needs – rooms either too large or too small; not enough rooms, and inadequate storage.
• Available multipurpose rooms have poor acoustics due to high ceilings, hard floors and finishes, and inadequate AV and sound systems.

Future Center at Belvedere:  Lifelong Learning
• Sufficient number of rooms designed for classes, discussion groups, seminars, etc..
• Integrated AV and sounds systems in each room.
• Program storage integrated into rooms vs. a central location.

Today’s Senior Center:  The Arts
• Room sizes and quantity incompatible with program needs – rooms either too large or too small for groups; not enough rooms, inadequate storage.
• Available multipurpose rooms have poor acoustics due to high ceilings, hard floors and finishes and inadequate AV and sound systems.
• Performing arts program noise levels limit use of adjacent rooms.
• Inadequate gallery space to showcase our visual arts programs.

Future Center at Belvedere:  The Arts
• Increased number of rooms designed for performing and visual arts including the selection of the finishes and furnishings.
• Integrated AV and sounds systems in each room.
• Program storage integrated into rooms vs. a central location.
• An auditorium for our performing arts programs to rehearse and perform which can also be used by community partners and rental programs.
• Appropriate gallery space to showcase our visual arts programs.

Today’s Senior Center:  Green Space
• No space for outdoor physical or social wellness programs.
• Limited dining space adjacent to building and on a busy roadway.  Not easily accessed from building and not covered or enclosed to protect users from the weather.
• Beautiful, award-wining rose garden that is not used due to lack of access from the building and noise from adjacent road.
• No usable space for rentals or community partners.

Future Center at Belvedere:  Green Space
• Dedicated space for horseshoes, bocce, and other physical and social wellness programs.
• Open, accessible space for dining, social gathering and events.
• Increased and accessible space for gardens – rose, community, kitchen, teaching, etc.
• Numerous options for rentals or community partners.

Today’s Senior Center:  Accessibility
• Not enough parking spaces.
• Once parked, handicapped visitors have to cross traffic to get inside.
• Uncovered entrance:  Drop-offs get wet!
• Narrow layout:  Not enough room for everyone to move around.

Future Center at Belvedere:  Accessibility
• Nearly 300 parking spaces.
• Handicapped visitors will use a sidewalk right next to facility.
• Covered entrance: Dry, safe access to facility.
• Open layout:  Good flow and room to welcome more users.

CAN YOU HELP? Definitely! There are many ways you can help support our Center today and our community’s vision for the future Center at Belvedere—from spreading the word about the importance of healthy aging to considering your own personal philanthropic commitments.

If you would like to learn more about The Center at Belvedere, please contact philanthropy director Kirstin Fritz at 434.974.7756 or via email.