Golden Circle members dance during the building’s 40th anniversary on Friday. The drop-in centre opened its doors on April 28, 1977. (Contributed photo)

Golden Circle reaches new milestone

Red Deer’s senior drop-in centre turns 40

Forty years ago, the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre opened its doors for the first time.

From April 28 to May 1, 1977, they held a four day open house. About 5,000 people visited over those days, according to the organization’s website, and it has become a community hub for older adults.

Since then the centre, located at 4620 47A Ave., has hosted a wide range of activities, from pancake dinners to all-candidate forums for municipal, provincial and federal elections to concerts.

The Golden Circle Seniors Centre opened its doors on April 28, 1977 as a drop-in centre. Located as part of the Rotary Recreation Park, the Golden Circle was originally meant as a replacement for the Downtown House, built as a temporary centre but meant to fit the needs of Red Deer’s seniors. However, Downtown House remained popular and did not close and the two have coexisted.

The Red Deer Kiwanis Club spearheaded the drive to fund and build the centre. Its largest success was a 24-hour telethon that raised $116,000, which outpaced the $100,000 pledge the service club had made earlier in the project’s history. The Golden Circle was a project to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Kiwanis in Red Deer. By 1981, a 4,000 square foot addition was completed on the centre.

In 2009, the centre underwent a massive $3 million renovation which included a new entrance, circular drive-through, upgraded washrooms, lighting and acoustics and basement remodeling.

The centre offers numerous services and programs including outreach work such as grocery delivery, transportation, a community dining program, housekeeping, snow removal and yard work and even fitness classes and dancing.

On Friday, the centre hosted its 40th anniversary kick off party with many more events scheduled throughout the year including a Black and White Dinner on June 9, an Aug. 18 40th anniversary event and a Sept. 29 hootenanny celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

For more information on these events, visit www.goldencircle.ca.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com


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