Upgrades to Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center
The Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center (JRP) is excited about the opening of the new circuit training room. This new amenity was made possible through a donation from Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living (MERIL). Through this thoughtful donation, fitness center members will now have access to twelve new pieces of exercise equipment. The circuit training room will provide members an opportunity to complete a full body workout in 30 minutes using equipment which provides resistance using hydraulics instead of stacked weights. This is accomplished by listening to music which includes prompts telling those working out when to start, stop, and move to the next piece of equipment.
To prepare the room, parks maintenance staff moved shelves from the intended circuit training room to the computer room. JRP staff painted the room, replaced carpet, installed new floor surround and mirrors. The JRP maintenance technician Sheldon Pearce and volunteer Bill Blacketer installed the trim. Equipment was relocated from the MERIL complex to the JRP with the assistance of MERIL and JRP staff. It truly took a village to make this a wonderful new addition at the facility. Two pieces of equipment are currently being repaired and once this happens, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new room will take place.
In response to COVID-19, a developing concern was the air quality in the fitness center. To address this concern, the Senior Citizen’s Foundation, Inc. installed a dehumidifier and two ionization units onto the fitness center HVAC unit. This is beginning to make a difference in the air quality of the fitness center and helps members feel more comfortable using this facility.
Three new pieces of fitness center equipment have been installed: a leg press, adductor/abductor, and a recumbent bicycle. Before the addition, the fitness center only had two pieces of equipment specifically for working out the lower body. This addition of weight stack equipment improves opportunities for getting a more well-rounded workout. The recumbent bike is very popular and provides for less wait time.
This summer, youth volunteers from Brookdale Presbyterian Church relocated the books and volunteer Felicia Safer relocated the DVDs from the craft room to the shelves in the computer room. This change creates a quiet, cozy room for research and reading.
The new circuit training room, fitness center air quality, equipment, and the moving of the library are all important steps in slowly updating the JRP and its amenities. Staff is so grateful for the donations and the volunteer efforts to help make these improvements possible.