Upgrades at the Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center
The Joyce Raye Patterson (JRP) 50+ Activity Center was built in 1978 as an activity center for seniors in the area. When it was built, it was considered a modern facility with meeting rooms, activity rooms, a kitchen and a multipurpose room. Construction plans called for the building to have a majority of the lighting coming from floor to ceiling windows in the dining room, lobby and conference room areas. Ceilings in the facility were average height in the smaller meeting rooms and offices, while the larger rooms having high ceilings.
The building has been updated a few times since it was built, most notably with a building addition and interior updating in 1997. Since that time, small changes have been made here and there, however much of the interior color-scheme is outdated and in need of a make-over.
The closure in March for COVID-19 helped kick-start a gradual update and deep clean of the interior of the building. The conference room and a hallway were painted, the tall windows were washed, carpets were cleaned, and all of the nooks and crannies of the ceilings were dusted out. Ceiling panels were changed, the water feature in the lobby was drained and cleaned, and additions were made to the waterscape including three new goldfish. In addition, small repairs were made to areas which are difficult to repair when customers are in the building.
To spread out the expense and make it more feasible to continue updating, the JRP building will be closed for one week, twice a year. This allows for staff to gradually make needed updates, repairs and to clean the very difficult areas of the tall ceilings and windows. The next planned week for this project will be December 14-18.
Staff looks forward to making improvements to the facility during these short time periods. Gradually, small sections of the building will be updated until the entire interior is painted and decorated in a more modern style. These time periods also allow for shampooing of carpets and cleaning of chairs which would normally interrupt customers activities and provide opportunities for staff to make small repairs that are inexpensive and easy to make.