Selectmen said that building a gym is outside the scope of the proposed 15,000 square foot facility and that a separate location would have to be built to have a gym.
The two-story senior center will be connected to the Gus Canty Community Center by two walkways and will share use of the gym.
“Part of the problem now at the senior center is that it’s this kind of one, more open space and so for some of the functions, you don’t have that room so I think that’s what went into the idea of kind of carving out those separate spaces,” said selectman Megan English-Braga.
Residents have been urging town officials to include a gym in plans for a new center because of the popularity of pickleball amongst the senior population.
“In talking to the architect and looking at the plans, to add that much space to it just for that one need, didn’t warrant it,” said selectmen chair Doug Jones. “You’d have to create another 20,000 square foot building to add.”
Some selectmen asked if the top floor of the senior center could be used to accommodate a gym, but it will instead be used for meeting room space.
Plans for the center also include a second entrance on Main Street east of the existing entrance and temporary parking beyond Fuller Field near Dillingham Avenue.
By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter