Senior center celebrates makeover

The City of Chula Vista held a ribbon cutting on May 30 to showcase the improvements to the Norman Park Senior Center. Over the past few years, the Center received renovations with new flooring, cabinets, a remodeled kitchen, ADA improvements and accessible restroom, a new roof, a second-floor deck, painting, furniture and a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. These improvements, totaling $2.4 million, were funded by Measure P, the half-cent, ten-year sales tax passed by voters in 2016.

In April 2019, using Community Block Grand funds and the City’s General Fund for a total of $132,000, an outdoor fitness area, concrete slab and sail shades were added. The fitness area features low-impact equipment and wheelchair accessible machines.

The most recent renovations at the Center include the addition of pickleball and bocce ball courts and solar lighting for the fitness area for a total cost of $450,000. Funding for these enhancements was provided by the Congregational Community Development Corporation which owns property adjacent to the center. The pickleball court is a multi-sport floor surface allowing the nets to be removed for additional sports use. Pickleball court hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for seniors only and 1 to 5 p.m. for all ages open play; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all ages open play; closed Sunday.

Formally the site of the Chula Vista Library, the Norman Park Senior Center was built in 1963 and named after the City’s first park supervisor Chet Norman. The Center offers a variety of classes, activities and events for the senior population, as well as Meals on Wheels San Diego County headquarters on the second floor.

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