Arcola Lakes Park to open new senior center

Erick Johnson | 7/31/2014, 9 a.m.
A dedication ceremony will be held for the new Senior Center at Arcola Lakes Park, located at 1301 NW 83 ...
The new senior center at Arcola Lakes.

A dedication ceremony will be held for the new Senior Center at Arcola Lakes Park, located at 1301 NW 83 St., Miami. The opening marks Miami-Dade County Parks’ first recreational facility specifically built for seniors. Senior residents of the Arcola Lakes community are invited to the park at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, for the dedication ceremony and a tour of the new facilities. 

 The 14,220-square-foot center features state-of-the-art recreational amenities designed for older adults and is completely ADA accessible. It will host activities for Miami-Dade County Parks’ free health and wellness program for adults, ages 55 and over.

The facility will offer water and fitness classes to seniors throughout the week.

The new senior center at Arcola Lakes.

The new senior center at Arcola Lakes.

The building features a covered passenger drop-off entrance; a lobby and reception area; an exhibits hallway with built-in display cases; entertainment rooms with flat screen televisions and table games; an arts and crafts room; a ceramics room with a Kiln; an exercise room furnished with fitness equipment; staff offices; a lifeguard and first-aid station; men’s and women’s restrooms with locker and shower facilities; a banquet-meeting hall that has a food warming kitchen; and a portable performance stage for special events. Outside there’s a heated therapeutic pool and whirlpool spa surrounded by 8,324-square-feet of deck space and a covered porch with lounge chairs. The grounds have native landscaping, walkways and lighted parking.

 “I am very proud of the Parks Department for developing this beautiful new senior center at Arcola Lakes Park,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Together with the Parks Department, Miami-Dade County is developing affordable and accessible recreational opportunities that are enriching the lives of senior citizens in this community and helping them to live healthier lives.”

 “I have the distinct privilege to have the first senior center in the County park system in my District,” said Commissioner Monestime. “Arcola Lakes Park is an important part of the fabric of our community. So it is with a special sense of honor that we open this recreational center for our elderly residents to enjoy.”

 “Arcola Lakes Park is a very active neighborhood park, especially with adult residents who regularly participate in the park’s popular walking clubs, Tai Chi and Enhance Fitness exercise classes,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “The new senior center provides the ideal space for additional healthy-lifestyle programs for active adults that support increased physical activity, better nutrition and access to vital healthy-aging resources.”

 The budget for this new park development totaled $5.6 million and was provided by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program and the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program. Miami-Dade County Parks completed the project in conjunction with consultant Indigo Service Corp. and Carivon Construction.  

 The 19-acre Arcola Lakes Park also contains a recreation building, tennis, racquetball and handball courts, a playground, walking pathway, picnic shelters, and landscaped open space.