Seniors in the area of the Walnut Recreation Center will now have a dedicated space of their own at the facility and will help open it on Saturday, Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m., with a holiday celebration.
Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who represents the area, and local seniors, including those who have been involved in creating the new space, will take part in the celebration at the center, located at 3075 N. Walnut Rd., south of Cheyenne Avenue and east of Las Vegas Boulevard.
"The Walnut center is often very busy and now we can better accommodate the neighbors' desire to use it, which previously was sometimes a challenge to do," said Commissioner Weekly. "This new wing demonstrates to our seniors that they are a priority and that we want to help them live healthy, active lives."
Included in the 3,800-square-foot project are an addition to the kitchen, game room expansion, exterior patio addition and the conversion of a storage room to a pantry.
Before the senior wing was added, the Walnut Center encompassed 41,000 square feet of space. The facility started in 1998 as a three-wide trailer named the Walnut-Cecile Community Center. The community center offered free outreach recreation to more than 1,000 kids from surrounding neighborhoods as well as provide recreation to about 100 kids at the trailer site daily and the County used vans to offer outreach recreation to the neighborhood children in surrounding apartment complexes. In these areas, the recreation need was tremendous, and our outreach program was very successful. In 2002, Clark County invested more than $10 million, using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, to build the current Walnut Center.
The present Walnut Recreation Center offers a variety of free and paid programs and services to almost 10,000 patrons monthly. Walnut has grown to accommodate the 89115 community, a good portion of North Las Vegas, and the Nellis Air Force Base area. The facility, including the senior center wing (affectionately known as the "Hot Spot"), is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. The amenities include a multi-generational recreation center, fitness room, an adjacent outdoor residential park, a neighborhood water park and reservable space both inside the facility and outdoors on the sports and practice fields. For more information, please visit www.ClarkCountyNV.gov or call (702) 455-8402.