Elected officials and community members gathered recently to cut the ribbon on a new senior center on San Antonio’s Southside. The Southside Lions Senior Center is the city’s 10th comprehensive senior center. Attending special dignitaries include District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and Mike Frisbie, city engineer and director of the city’s transportation and capital improvements.
The new Southside Lions Senior Center was funded with $6 million from the voter-approved 2012 bond program. It’s located at 3303 Pecan Valley Drive. It is the city’s first comprehensive senior center to be located in City Council District 3. On a daily basis, this center will provide services to more than 300 seniors and serve approximately 125 meals with 32,000 meals provided annually.
The center includes a 125-seat dining hall, warming kitchen, game area with pool table, table tennis, card tables, exercise rooms, meeting space, and an instructional computer lab. Center has activities and services, including fitness/exercise stations, dance classes, computer classes, arts and crafts, commodities distribution, and health screenings. The center will also offer transportation options to those within a 5-mile radius of the facility on a new 23-passenger wheelchair accessible bus.
The city broke ground on construction for the facility in November 2015. Architect Debra J. Dockery designed the senior center, which measures more than 13,000 square feet. Allbrite Constructors of Texas Inc. handled the construction.