Archived News Release from 2011
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Helping to Serve Both Young and Old at Fair Oaks Community Center - Grand Re-Opening of Toddler Playground and Inauguration of New Adult Activity Center Lounge
Redwood City, CA - July 20, 2011 - Highlighting Redwood City’s ongoing work to serve the community’s kids, older adults, and families, the Fair Oaks Community Center is holding a Grand Re-Opening of its redesigned and refurbished toddler playground, and the Grand Opening of its new adult activity center lounge serving older adults in our community. This event brings together many of the stakeholders who work closely with the City’s human services program at the Fair Oaks Community Center, along with the youngsters and adults that these two projects will serve.
San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and Redwood City Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre will help the young kids and the “seasoned” citizens in special dual ribbon-cutting ceremonies, officially opening the refurbished playground and new adult activity lounge. This event offers a fantastic media photo opportunity, featuring older adults side-by-side with toddlers, as Redwood City bridges the generations with these two important and much-needed projects.
The event takes place on Thursday, July 21 at 2 pm (ribbon cutting at 2:30 pm) at Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, in Redwood City. Refreshments suitable for every age will be served.
The new toddler playground was completely redesigned to provide something that all children need – room to play. With a new sand area, a wider area for tricycles, more play space, and new play equipment, this refurbished playground offers more of what toddlers love. The playground is overseen and operated by the Redwood City Child Development Program, and the project was funded with Redwood City Capital Improvement Project funds, along with additional funding from the Bothin Foundation.
The new Adult Activities Center Lounge was created by converting several units of office space into a large, comfortable, inviting, and attractive space for older adults, with a true “living room” feel. It contains nice lounge chairs and sofas, tables for reading or game-playing, brand new bookshelves stocked with books, new lighting, artwork on the walls, and plants throughout providing for a very home-like feel, It’s a place for older adults to linger, engage with others, relax, talk, and enjoy the nice, new surroundings. The Adult Activity Center Lounge was created by a partnership between the City and local non-profit Rebuilding Together, along with Roche Molecular Systems, Supple Homes, Inc., Peninsula Family Service, the operator of the Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, and a private donor.
The Fair Oaks Community Center, part of the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, offers help to those in need in our community. A variety of services is provided by a combination of City staff and representatives from public and private non-profit agencies, all under one roof. Among the services at Fair Oaks Community Center are emergency food service, basic health needs for uninsured individuals and families, homelessness assessment and referral, crisis intervention, immigration and citizenship, housing assistance, senior wellness and counseling, child care, and more. The Fair Oaks Community Center website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks, by clicking on “Community Centers” and then “Fair Oaks.”
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Human Services Manager