How is COVID-19 impacting plans for opening?
The opening of Larkspur Community Center will be moved to early 2021. This is adjusted from previous plans to open this fall.
Operating two indoor recreation centers, Juniper Swim and Fitness Center and Larkspur Center, with reduced programs and attendance due to the COVID-19 restrictions placed on indoor facilities is a financial challenge for the district. This adjusted timeline for opening Larkspur Community Center allows us more time to evaluate the pandemic conditions and prepare to welcome all community members on opening day.
As far as reopening the Bend Senior Center, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions and Oregon Health Authority and CDC guidelines to determine when it is appropriate to re-open the facility. We understand the important social and wellness function that the facility serves for many older adults; however, we must balance this with the health and safety of at-risk populations and the community as a whole. We look forward to re-opening the senior center when it is safe and responsible to do so.
What is planned for the Larkspur Community Center?
Larkspur Community Center will be a new recreation center at the expanded home of the Bend Senior Center. The facility will be a vibrant place to come together for play, wellness and enrichment when it opens in fall 2020.
The 34,000 square foot expansion, connected to the existing facility, includes:
- A 5,000 square foot warm-water lifestyle pool with current channel and spa
- A 6,000 square foot fitness center
- An indoor walk/jog track with 14 laps to a mile
- Group Exercise and Mind and Body rooms
- Locker rooms and private changing rooms
- Lounge and café area
- New and expanded parking with entrances off of 15th and Reed Market
How will the Larkspur Community Center serve the community?
The Larkspur Community Center will meet the community’s growing needs across all age groups, including active adults who have a variety of interests and desires for social and wellness activities.
Will Larkspur Community Center focus on older adults?
The Larkspur Community Center expansion will serve growing demographics across all age groups of the community. The facility is being designed to be responsive to the growth of active adults who will have a variety of interests and desires for fitness, social and wellness activities. The existing Bend Senior Center will continue to primarily serve seniors as it has for the past 17 years.
What aquatics activities will be offered at the Larkspur Community Center?
The aquatic facility at Larkspur Community Center will be a leisure-lifestyle pool perfect for therapeutic fitness, youth and adult swim lessons and recreation swimming. The pool will include a current channel that doubles as a great water exercise feature and a fun activity during recreation times. A platform lift, pool lift and multiple stairs ensure easy water entry and exit.
What fitness offerings will expand at the Larkspur Community Center?
With more than 350 weekly class offerings at Juniper Swim & Fitness and Bend Senior Center, our community likes to come together for wellness and we can do even more of it with spaces designed for this purpose. We’ll also welcome the return of indoor walking and jogging! The upstairs fitness center is surrounded by a track – 14 laps to a mile. This will ensure indoor fitness is flexible for anything Mother Nature has in store.
How will the district continue serving the more traditional senior needs?
The Bend Senior Center will continue to offer AARP, Medicare and social security info sessions, host weekly lunches and social dances, the Health and Wellness Fair, Lunch and Learns, and other services that are relied upon. Social activities such as cards and games, knitting, crafts, movies and much more will continue.
How will schedules accommodate older adults and all ages?
We are planning for how classes and programs will complement and not conflict. There are days and times of the day to accommodate schedules effectively. We will continue to offer classes specifically designed to meet the different interests, needs and abilities of the multi generational older adult population. We are confident that most older adults will feel comfortable in the new Larkspur Center expansion, but for those who are not, the existing Bend Senior Center will remain a familiar option.
During evenings and weekends, we will have programs and activities for children and adults, ensuring all members of the community have opportunities for wellness and fun.
How is traffic and parking being planned for?
A new access point from 15th Street will provide multiple entrances and improved circulation. The building will feature three entrances, including east and west entries into the expansion as well as the preservation of the covered drop-off and pick-up access to the Bend Senior Center. Eighty-five new parking spaces will be added (for a total of 241 spaces) to meet the needs of patrons.